HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
THIRTY-FIRST LEGISLATURE, 2021
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
relating to intoxicating liquor.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. The legislature finds that the COVID-19 pandemic and the governmental responses to contain the spread of COVID-19 have disproportionately affected certain local liquor producers. With the frequent closure of bars, clubs, and in‑person dining, local liquor producers have struggled to find alternative methods of serving their customers, resulting in drastic revenue losses.
The legislature further finds that under existing Hawaii law, direct-to-consumer shipping of liquor is limited to only wineries shipping wine; other liquor manufacturers do not have the option to directly ship liquor to consumers. Direct-to-consumer shipping allows liquor manufacturers to serve their existing customers, while also allowing the manufacturers to pursue additional markets and tap into a broader customer base. Direct-to-consumer shipping further assists smaller manufacturers that struggle to find wholesalers that are willing to sell and represent their small brands by giving those manufacturers direct access to their customers. In an effort to encourage commerce, the legislature has determined that the State must support reciprocity with all states for producers to ship their goods to, from, and within Hawaii.
The purpose of this Act is to allow direct shipment of all forms of liquor, rather than just wine, by certain licensees.
SECTION 2. Section 281-33.6, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:
"§281-33.6 Direct shipment of [
liquor by [ wineries.]
Any person holding:
(1) A general excise tax license from the department of taxation; and
(A) A class 1, class 14, class 16, or class
18 license to manufacture [
wine] liquor under section 281-31; or
(B) A license to manufacture [
issued by another state,
may pay any applicable fees and
obtain a direct [
wine] liquor shipper permit from the liquor
commission of the county to which the [ wine] liquor will be
shipped authorizing the holder to directly ship [ wine] liquor to
persons in the county pursuant to this section.
(b) The holder of a direct [
shipper permit may sell and annually ship liquor to any person
twenty-one years of age or older in the county that issued the permit, [ no more
than six nine-liter cases of wine per household] for personal use only and
not for resale, and shall:
(1) Ship [
wine] liquor directly to
the person only in containers that are conspicuously labeled with the words:
"CONTAINS ALCOHOL: SIGNATURE OF PERSON AGE 21 YEARS OR OLDER REQUIRED FOR DELIVERY.";
(2) Require that the carrier of the shipment obtain the signature of any person twenty-one years of age or older before delivering the shipment;
(3) Report no later than January 31 of each year to
the liquor commission in each county where a direct [
shipper permit is held, the total amount of [ wine] liquor shipped
to persons in the county during the preceding calendar year;
(4) Pay all applicable general excise and
gallonage taxes. For gallonage tax
purposes, all [
wine] liquor sold under a direct [ wine] liquor
shipper permit shall be deemed to be [ wine] liquor sold in the
(5) Be subject to audit by the liquor commission of each county in which a permit is held.
(c) The holder of a license to manufacture [
liquor issued by another state may annually renew a direct [ wine]
liquor shipper permit by providing the liquor commission that issued the
permit with a copy of the license and paying all required fees. The holder of a class 1, class 14,
class 16, or class 18 license to manufacture [ wine] liquor under
section 281‑31 may renew a direct [ wine] liquor shipper
permit concurrently with the class 1, class 14, class 16, or class 18
license by complying with all applicable laws and paying all required fees.
(d) The sale and shipment of [
directly to a person in this State by a person that does not possess a valid
direct [ wine] liquor shipper permit is prohibited. Knowingly violating this law is a
(e) The liquor [
in each county [ may] shall adopt rules and regulations necessary
to carry out the intent and purpose of this section[ .]; provided that
any rulemaking shall not delay the commencement of the direct shipment of liquor
on the effective date of this Act.
(f) The holder of a direct liquor shipper permit may ship to and from any county or state where properly licensed and shall ensure that all reciprocal shipping license requirements are met in the receiving county or state."
SECTION 3. The revisor of statutes shall insert the appropriate effective date of this Act in section 2 of this Act.
SECTION 4. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 5. This Act shall take effect on July 1, 2021.
Intoxicating Liquors; Direct Shipping; Liquor Manufacturers; Brewpubs; Small Craft Producer Pubs
Allows direct shipment of all forms of liquor, rather than just wine, by certain licensees. Requires the county liquor commissions to adopt rules and regulations.
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