SECTION 1. Section 1 of chapter 138 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by striking the definition of “Direct wine shipper” and inserting in place thereof the following new definition:-
“Direct shipper”, a person who sells, delivers or exports wine or distilled spirits to consumers in the commonwealth under a license issued pursuant to section 19F.
SECTION 2. Section 19F of chapter 138 of the General Laws, as so appearing, is hereby amended by striking the section in its entirety and inserting in place thereof the following new section:-
Section 19F. (a) The commission may issue a direct shipper license pursuant to this section to any person, firm or corporation that holds a federal basic permit pursuant to the federal Alcohol Administration Act, compiled in 27 U.S.C. § 201 et seq.; holds a license in the commonwealth or any other state as a wine manufacturer, beverage manufacturer, importer, wholesaler, or retailer; and is in the business of manufacturing, bottling or rectifying distilled spirits and wine.
(b) Under this section, a direct shipper licensee may make sales and delivery of distilled spirits or wine directly to residents of the commonwealth who are 21 years of age or older, for personal use and not for resale.
(c) The fee for a license issued pursuant to this section shall be $300 per applicant; provided that an affiliate, franchise or subsidiary of the applicant shall require a separate license. Licenses shall be renewed annually at a fee of $150. If a direct shipper's license expires and is not renewed, a subsequent application shall be treated as an application for a new license. An applicant for a direct shipper license shall provide the commission and the department of revenue with a true copy of the applicable alcoholic beverage license to manufacture, export and sell the applicant's wine or distilled spirits as issued by the appropriate licensing authority. A copy of the direct shipment license obtained pursuant to this section shall be provided by the commission to the department of revenue.
(d) A direct shipper licensee under this section shall ship wine and distilled spirits in accordance with section 22.
(e) A direct shipper licensee may ship up to 60 individual containers of not more than 1 liter each of distilled spirits and up to 12 cases of wine, containing not more than 9 liters of wine per case, per year to a resident of the commonwealth.
(f) A licensee under this section shall: (i) report yearly to the commission and the department of revenue the total number of gallons of wine and distilled spirits shipped into the commonwealth for the preceding year; (ii) pay to the department of revenue, under the department's rules and regulations, for each shipment of wine and distilled spirits the excise levied on importations of wine and distilled spirits calculated under section 21 and any and all other applicable taxes; and (iii) upon request, allow the commission or the department of revenue to perform an audit of the direct shipper licensee's records.
(g) No person, firm or corporation shall ship wine or distilled spirits directly to consumers without a direct shipper license. A person, firm or corporation who manufactures, transports, imports or exports wine or distilled spirits in violation of this section shall be deemed to have engaged in a deceptive act or practice under chapter 93A.
(h) Whoever ships wine or distilled spirits in violation of this section shall be subject to the following penalties: for a first violation, by suspension of the direct shipper license for 60 days or a fine of $500, or both; for a second violation, by suspension of the direct shipper license for 120 days or a fine of $1,000, or both; and for a third or subsequent violation, by suspension of the direct shipper license for 1 year or by a fine of $3,000, or both. A licensee whose license has been suspended for 1 year or more may apply for a direct shipper license and shall be treated as a new applicant. The commission may revoke a direct shipper license after 3 or more violations.
(i) If a violation of this section involves the sale or delivery of wine or distilled spirits to a person under 21 years of age, the commission may impose the following additional penalties: for a first violation, by suspension of the direct shipper license for 180 days or a fine of $1,000, or both; for a second violation, by suspension of the direct shipper license for 1 year or a fine of $2,000, or both; and for a third or subsequent violation, by suspension of the direct shipper license for 2 years or by a fine of $5,000, or both. Nothing in this section shall preclude enforcement of violations of section 34.
(j) The commission shall promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate this section. The department of revenue may promulgate rules and regulations necessary to effectuate the oversight and collection of taxes due to the commonwealth as a result of the sale and shipment of wine and distilled spirits into the commonwealth pursuant to this section.
(k) The commission shall issue an annual report to the joint committee on consumer protection and professional licensure, which shall include, but not be limited to, the number of direct shipper licenses issued and a review of violations and enforcement measures taken pursuant to this section.
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