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Legislative Updates 2015

Monday, December 28, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Becky Miller
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Dear NYSLSA Members and Supporters,

As we approach the end of another year, we wanted to let you know about a few of our major legislative accomplishments in 2015. The Board of Directors and I have worked extremely hard to create the kind of changes that will help your business grow now and into the future, while preventing potential pieces of harmful legislation from being enacted. We are getting stronger each and every year due to support from members like you. We are proud and honored to be your eyes, ears and voice in Albany.

Please see below three bills that were enacted into law in 2015 and will have an impact on retailers across the state: 

·         Permits wine and liquor retailers to extend store credit to businesses and corporations.  This new law gives retailers the option to extend credit to business and corporate customers for sales of alcohol and wine.  The retailer may then bill the customer using an invoice and accept payment within 30 days.  Effective Date of the Law:  11/20/2015

·         Allows retailers to conduct their own tastings.  This law allows retailers to conduct tastings in their stores without the presence of the manufacturer. Tastings include not just wine, but spirits as well. Effective Date of the Law:  9/13/15

·         Prohibiting the sale of powdered or crystalline alcohol.  Under this law, the sale of powdered alcohol (“palcohol”) is prohibited.  Effective Date of the Law to Prohibit the Sale: 9/13/15

As you may know, Tom Edwards has been chosen to represent all New York State Retailers as part of the Governor Cuomo's hand picked new industry working group. The group's priority is to revise ABC laws and bring them up to 21 century standards. We are thrilled to be an integral part of this conversation to enact meaningful change! Click here to read the Governor's press release.  

Also, we would like to wish you and your loved ones a holiday season filled with prosperity, happiness and health, and all the best for the New Year ahead!

Lastly, thank you for your continued and unwavering support of our organization and the important work we are doing together.