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Governor signs bill allowing liquor delivery; other changes aim to make Wyoming’s laws more ‘business friendly’

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CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has signed House Bill 13, a bill that will change various aspects of Wyoming’s liquor laws starting July 1, 2021.

When the House of Representatives began their debate of the bill, Rep. Shelly Duncan (Goshen County) said the proposed legislation would make Wyoming’s liquor laws more “business friendly.”

Changes to Wyoming’s liquor laws under the bill include:

  • Allow businesses with a retail liquor licence, microbrewery permit, winery permit, winery satellite permit or a manufacturer licencee with a satellite location to “deliver or contract to have delivered alcoholic liquors and malt beverages to customers”
    • allow businesses to take order placed by phone or online
    • “microbrewery permit holders, winery permit holders, winery satellite permit holders and manufacturer licensees with a satellite location shall only deliver or contract to have delivered their respective manufactured products”
  • Increasing the amount of wine which retail liquor licencees can deliver directly to households to up to 12 cases (108 liters) of wine per year (up from the four case per year currently allowed)
  • Removes a limit on counties’ ability to issue malt beverage permits
    • existing law limits their ability to issue such permits within five miles of cities and towns; the new law will remove that restriction
  • Allows golf clubs with liquor licenses to dispense from any location on their premises
  • Removes some building space requirements for restaurant liquor license holders
    • while restaurants would still be required to have food as their “primary source of revenue,” restaurant wouldn’t be required to be “full-service” in order to get a permit to sell alcoholic beverages
  • Removes restriction preventing restaurant liquor licensees from competing with retail liquor licensees in the holding of dances, receptions and other social gatherings
  • Removes a requirement that liquor industry representatives be residents of Wyoming in order to obtain a license
  • Allows resort liquor licensees to contract or subcontract for food and beverage service on their premises
  • Changes rules for where liquor can be prepared and dispensed
    • would allow local licensing authorities to set disepensing and consumption areas
    • removes requirement that dispensing areas be separate from a dining area
  • Allows catering permits to be used for any events rather than only specific event types allowed under current law
  • Allows local licensing authorities to set fees for special malt beverage permits and set time limits on the validity of these permits
  • Allows people under 21 years of age to enter businesses where alcoholic beverages are sold primarily for off-premise consumption so long as they do not enter designated sales areas

The full language of House Bill 13 (or Enrolled Act No. 17) is available online.

The House passed the legislation on a third reading vote of 49-10 on Jan. 29:

  • Ayes: ANDREW, BAKER, BANKS, BEAR, BLACKBURN, BROWN, BURKHART, BURT, CLAUSEN, CLIFFORD, CONNOLLY, CRAGO, DUNCAN, EYRE, FLITNER, FORTNER, GREEAR, HALLINAN, HARSHMAN, HENDERSON, HUNT, KINNER, BARLOW, KNAPP, LARSEN, L, LAURSEN, D, MACGUIRE, MARTINEZ, NEWSOME, NICHOLAS, OAKLEY, OBERMUELLER, O’HEARN, OLSEN, OTTMAN, PAXTON, PROVENZA, SCHWARTZ, SHERWOOD, SOMMERS, STITH, SWEENEY, WALTERS, WESTERN, WHARFF, WILSON, WINTER, YIN, ZWONITZER
  • Nays: EKLUND, GRAY, HAROLDSON, HEINER, JENNINGS, NEIMAN, SIMPSON, STYVAR, WASHUT, WILLIAMS
  • Excused: ROSCOE

The Senate passed the bill on a third reading vote of 28-0 on Feb. 4:

  • Ayes: ANDERSON, BALDWIN, BITEMAN, BONER, BOUCHARD, COOPER, DOCKSTADER, ELLIS, FRENCH, FURPHY, GIERAU, HICKS, HUTCHINGS, JAMES, KINSKEY, KOLB, KOST, LANDEN, MCKEOWN, NETHERCOTT, PAPPAS, PERKINS, ROTHFUSS, SALAZAR, SCHULER, SCOTT, STEINMETZ, WASSERBURGER
  • Conflict: CASE, DRISKILL

Because the Senate adopted amendments to the bill, the House needed to concur with those changes before the bill could move to Gordon’s desk. The House’s concurrence vote passed 39-19 on Feb. 5:

  • Ayes: ANDREW, BANKS, BLACKBURN, BROWN, BURKHART, CLAUSEN, CONNOLLY, CRAGO, DUNCAN, EKLUND, EYRE, GREEAR, HALLINAN, HARSHMAN, HENDERSON, HUNT, KINNER, BARLOW, KNAPP, LARSEN, L, MACGUIRE, MARTINEZ, NEWSOME, NICHOLAS, OAKLEY, OBERMUELLER, O’HEARN, OLSEN, OTTMAN, PAXTON, PROVENZA, ROSCOE, SCHWARTZ, SOMMERS, SWEENEY, WALTERS, WESTERN, YIN, ZWONITZER
  • Nays: BAKER, BEAR, BURT, FLITNER, FORTNER, GRAY, HAROLDSON, HEINER, LAURSEN, D, NEIMAN, SHERWOOD, SIMPSON, STITH, STYVAR, WASHUT, WHARFF, WILLIAMS, WILSON, WINTER
  • Excused: CLIFFORD, JENNINGS

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