SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1170        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 768

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Michael J. Rodrigues

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To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
Court assembled:

The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act related to educational courses in wine tasting at a qualified institution of higher education.

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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

 

Michael J. Rodrigues

First Bristol and Plymouth

 

Paul A. Schmid, III

8th Bristol

1/23/2019

Alan Silvia

7th Bristol

1/29/2019

Sal N. DiDomenico

Middlesex and Suffolk

2/1/2019

Carole A. Fiola

6th Bristol

2/1/2019

 



SENATE DOCKET, NO. 1170        FILED ON: 1/17/2019

SENATE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 768

By Mr. Rodrigues, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 768) of Michael J. Rodrigues, Paul A. Schmid, III, Alan Silvia, Sal N. DiDomenico and others for legislation related to educational courses in wine tasting at a qualified institution of higher education.  Higher Education.

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

 

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In the One Hundred and Ninety-First General Court
(2019-2020)

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An Act related to educational courses in wine tasting at a qualified institution of higher education.

 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
 

SECTION___. Chapter 138 of the General Laws is hereby amended by inserting after section 34A the following section:-

Section 34A ½. (a) For the purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:

“Qualified academic institution”, an institution within the public system of higher education as defined in section 5 of chapter 15A, or any other post-secondary institution that offers or seeks to offer courses for credit or courses leading to an academic degree in Massachusetts, accredited by a national or regional accrediting association recognized by the United States Secretary of Education.

“Qualified student”, a student enrolled in a qualified academic institution who (i) is at least 18 years of age; (ii) is participating in associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree program in culinary arts, food service, restaurant management, enology or brewing; and (iii) has been certified in training and intervention procedures for servers of alcohol (TIPS). “

Taste”, means to draw an alcoholic beverage into the mouth, but does not imbibe, swallow or otherwise consume the alcoholic beverage.

“TIPS”, Training and Intervention Procedures for Servers of alcohol

(b) A qualified student may taste an alcoholic beverage, and both the student and the qualified academic institution in which the student is enrolled shall not be subject to punishment under sections 34 and 34A, if all of the following are met:

(1) The qualified student tastes the alcoholic beverage while enrolled in a qualified academic institution.

(2) The qualified academic institution has established an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree program in culinary arts, food service, restaurant management, enology or brewing that is designed to train industry professionals in the production of wine or beer.

(3) The qualified student tastes the alcoholic beverage for educational purposes as part of the instruction in a course required for an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, food service, restaurant management, enology or brewing; and

(4) The alcoholic beverage remains in the control of an authorized TIPS instructor of the qualified academic institution who is at least 21 years of age and is employed by the qualified academic institution.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to allow and furnish an alcoholic beverage or alcohol to a student under 21 years of age unless it is delivered as part of the student’s curriculum requirements. For the purpose of this section the word ''furnish'' shall mean to knowingly or intentionally supply, give, or provide alcoholic beverages or alcohol to a person under 21 years of age.

(d) Notwithstanding any other provision of this chapter, a local licensing authority may issue a license to be held by a qualified academic institution engaging in the educational activities authorized by this section; provided, however an extra fee or charge shall not be imposed for the alcoholic beverages tasted or on the qualified academic institution engaging in the educational activities pursuant to this section.