Assemblyman JOSEPH CRYAN
District 20 (Union)
Prohibits municipality from imposing minimum bid for issuance of hotel liquor license in certain cases.
CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT
An Act concerning the issuance of plenary retail consumption licenses to certain hotels and motels and amending P.L.1947, c.94.
Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:
1. Section 8 of P.L.1947, c.94 (C.33:1-12.20) is amended to read as follows:
8. a. Nothing in this act shall prevent the issuance, in a municipality, of a new license to a person who operates a hotel or motel containing 100 guest sleeping rooms or who may hereafter construct and establish a new hotel or motel containing at least 100 guest sleeping rooms.
b. A person who holds a license issued pursuant to subsection a. of this section and who has been required by law to reduce the number of sleeping rooms in the hotel may continue to hold the license if the hotel has at least 75 sleeping rooms, has been in continuous operation for at least 120 years in the same building, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
c. After the effective date of P.L. , c. (pending before the Legislature as this bill), no minimum bid shall be required for the issuance of a license pursuant to the provisions of this section if the dining facilities of the hotel or motel are regularly and principally used to provide only meals for catered events and breakfast for guests of the hotel or motel.
(cf: P.L.2000, c.160, s.1)
2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Under current law, a municipality may issue a new plenary retail consumption license to a person who operates a hotel or motel containing 100 guest sleeping rooms. Under the provisions of this bill, a municipality would be prohibited from requiring a minimum bid for the issuance of the license if the dining facilities of the hotel or motel are used to provide only breakfast for guests and meals for catered or special events.