Florida Senate - 2014                                     SB 470
       By Senator Detert
       28-00451-14                                            2014470__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to malt beverages; amending s. 561.42,
    3         F.S.; removing the prohibition on beer samplings at
    4         the premises of certain vendors; creating s. 563.09,
    5         F.S.; authorizing malt beverage tastings upon certain
    6         licensed premises; providing an effective date.
    8  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   10         Section 1. Paragraph (e) of subsection (14) of section
   11  561.42, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   12         561.42 Tied house evil; financial aid and assistance to
   13  vendor by manufacturer, distributor, importer, primary American
   14  source of supply, brand owner or registrant, or any broker,
   15  sales agent, or sales person thereof, prohibited; procedure for
   16  enforcement; exception.—
   17         (14) The division shall adopt reasonable rules governing
   18  promotional displays and advertising, which rules shall not
   19  conflict with or be more stringent than the federal regulations
   20  pertaining to such promotional displays and advertising
   21  furnished to vendors by distributors, manufacturers, importers,
   22  primary American sources of supply, or brand owners or
   23  registrants, or any broker, sales agent, or sales person
   24  thereof; however:
   25         (e) Manufacturers, distributors, importers, brand owners,
   26  or brand registrants of beer, and any broker, sales agent, or
   27  sales person thereof, shall not conduct any sampling activities
   28  that include tasting of their product at a vendor’s premises
   29  licensed for off-premises sales only.
   30         Section 2. Section 563.09, Florida Statutes, is created to
   31  read:
   32         563.09 Malt beverage tastings.—A licensed distributor of
   33  malt beverages, or any vendor, may conduct malt beverage
   34  tastings upon any licensed premises authorized to sell malt
   35  beverages by package or for consumption on premises without
   36  being in violation of s. 561.42 if the conduct of the malt
   37  beverage tasting is limited to and directed toward the general
   38  public of the age of legal consumption.
   39         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2014.