ASSEMBLY, No. 3857

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

214th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED FEBRUARY 22, 2011

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  VINCENT PRIETO

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblywoman  JOAN M. QUIGLEY

District 32 (Bergen and Hudson)

Assemblyman  CHARLES MAINOR

District 31 (Hudson)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Authorizes certain municipalities to establish safety requirements for certain bars and taverns.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning certain alcoholic beverage retail licensees, supplementing Title 40 of the Revised Statutes and amending R.S.33:1-31.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    (New section)  A municipality located in a county of the first class may enact an ordinance providing that if in any 12-month period a specified number, which shall not be less than three, of complaints, on separate occasions, of disorderly, indecent, tumultuous or riotous conduct upon or in proximity to premises licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on that premises, and attributable to the acts or incitements of any of the patrons of those premises, have been substantiated by prosecution and conviction in any court of competent jurisdiction, certain measures shall be required to enhance the safety of persons on those premises and the general environs thereof, which may include specifying a minimum number of security personnel, requiring searches of patrons and installation, maintenance and use of metal detectors.

 

     2.    R.S.33:1-31 is amended to read as follows:

     33:1-31.  Any license, whether issued by the director or any other issuing authority, may be suspended or revoked by the director, or the other issuing authority may suspend or revoke any license issued by it, for any of the following causes:

     a.  Violation of any of the provisions of this chapter;

     b.  Manufacture, transportation, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages in a manner or to an extent not permitted by the license or by law;

     c.  Nonpayment of any excise tax or other payment required by law to be paid to the State Tax Commissioner;

     d.  Failure to comply with any of the provisions of subtitle 8 of the Title Taxation (s.54:41-1 et seq.);

     e.     Failure to have at all times a valid, unrevoked permit, license or special tax stamp, or other indicia of payment, of all fees, taxes, penalties and payments required by any law of the United States;

     f.     Failure to have at all times proper stamps or other proper evidence of payment of any tax required to be paid by any law of this State;

     g.     Any violation of rules and regulations;

     h.     Any violation of any ordinance, resolution or regulation of any other issuing authority or governing board or body;

     i.      Any other act or happening, occurring after the time of
making of an application for a license which if it had occurred before said time would have prevented the issuance of the license; or

     j.  For any other cause designated by this chapter.

     No suspension or revocation of any license shall be made until a five-day notice of the charges preferred against the licensee shall have been given to him personally or by mailing the same by registered mail addressed to him at the licensed premises and a reasonable opportunity to be heard thereon afforded to him.

     A suspension or revocation of license shall be effected by a notice in writing of such suspension or revocation, designating the effective date thereof, and in case of suspension, the term of such suspension, which notice may be served upon the licensee personally or by mailing the same by registered mail addressed to him at the licensed premises.  Such suspension or revocation shall apply to the licensee and to the licensed premises.

     A revocation shall render the licensee and the officers, directors and each owner, directly or indirectly, of more than 10% of the stock of a corporate licensee ineligible to hold or receive any other license, of any kind or class under this chapter, for a period of two years from the effective date of such revocation and a second revocation shall render the licensee and the officers, directors and each owner, directly or indirectly, of more than 10% of the stock of a corporate licensee ineligible to hold or receive any such license at any time thereafter. Any revocation may, in the discretion of the director or other issuing authority as the case may be, render the licensed premises ineligible to become the subject of any further license, of any kind or class under this chapter, during a period of two years from the effective date of the revocation.

     The director may, in his discretion and subject to rules and regulations, accept from any licensee an offer in compromise in such amount as may in the discretion of the director be proper under the circumstances in lieu of any suspension of any license by the director or any other issuing authority.

     No refund, except as expressly permitted by section 33:1-26 of this Title, shall be made of any portion of a license fee after issuance of a license; but if any licensee, except a seasonal retail consumption licensee, shall voluntarily surrender his license, there shall be returned to him, after deducting as a surrender fee 50% of the license fee paid by him, the prorated fee for the unexpired term; provided, that such licensee shall not have committed any violation of this chapter or of any rule or regulation or done anything which in the fair discretion of the director or other issuing authority, as the case may be, should bar or preclude such licensee from making such claim for refund and that all taxes and other set-offs or counterclaims which shall have accrued and shall have become due and payable to this State or any municipality, or both, have been paid. Such refund, if any, shall be made as of the date of such surrender. The surrender of a license shall not bar proceedings to revoke such license. The refusal of the other issuing authority to grant any refund hereunder shall be subject to appeal to the director within 30 days after notice of such refusal is mailed to or served upon the licensee.  Surrenders of retail licenses shall be promptly certified by the issuing authority to the director.  Surrender fees shall be accounted for as are investigation fees. If any licensee to whom a refund shall become due under the provisions of this section shall be indebted to the State of New Jersey for any taxes, penalties or interest by virtue of the provisions of subtitle 8 of the Title Taxation ( s. 54:41-1 et seq.), it shall be the duty of the issuing authority before making any such refund, upon receipt of a certificate of the State Tax Commissioner evidencing the said indebtedness to the State of New Jersey, to deduct therefrom, and to remit forthwith to the State Tax Commissioner the amount of such taxes, penalties and interest.

     In the event of any suspension or revocation of any license by the other issuing authority, the licensee may, within 30 days after the date of service or of mailing of said notice of suspension or of revocation, upon payment to the director of a nonreturnable filing fee of $100.00, appeal to the director from the action of the other issuing authority in suspending or revoking such license [which]. The appeal shall act as a stay of such suspension or revocation pending the determination thereof unless the director shall otherwise order, or unless the suspension or revocation was issued for a violation of an ordinance enacted pursuant to the provisions of section 1 of P.L.    , c.    (C.         ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).  When any person files with any other issuing authority written complaint against a licensee specifying charges and requesting that proceedings be instituted to revoke or suspend such license, he may appeal to the director from its refusal to revoke or suspend such license or other action taken by it in connection therewith within 30 days from the time of service upon or mailing of notice to him of such refusal or action.  The director shall thereupon fix a time for the hearing of the appeal and before hearing the same shall give at least five days' notice of the time so fixed to such licensee, other issuing authority and appellant.

(cf: P.L.1992, c.188, s.11)

 

     3.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill would authorize municipalities located in counties of the first class to provide by ordinance that if in any 12-month period a specified number of complaints (no less than three complaints on separate occasions) of disorderly, indecent, tumultuous or riotous conduct are made upon or in proximity to a bar, tavern or restaurant in which alcoholic beverages are served, which complaints are attributable to the acts or incitements of any of the patrons of those premises and which led to a criminal conviction, certain measures would be imposed upon the bar, restaurant or tavern  in order to enhance the safety of persons on those premises and the general environs thereof.  Such measures could include specifying a minimum number of security personnel, requiring searches of patrons and the installation, maintenance and use of metal detectors.

     Under current law (R.S.33:1-31), a municipality may suspend or revoke a license for a violation of any ordinance.  The bill would amend R.S.33:1-31 to provide that in cases in which the municipality suspends or revokes a license for a violation of an ordinance enacted pursuant to the provisions of this bill, the licensed premises would remain closed during the appeal process.