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2007 Alcohol Tax Legislative Update

In 2007, the Maryland General Assembly passed and the Governor signed the following statewide and local bills related to alcohol tax regulation and enforcement. For more information, visit the Maryland General Assembly’s Web site.

Senate Bill 7 (Chapter 8) - Cross References and Corrections
In part, correcting cross-references and other corrections in Article 2B, Alcoholic Beverages, 6-301 and 12-107; and other state articles. Effective October 1, 2007.

Senate Bill 150 (Chapter 5) - Annual Corrective Bill
In part, for the purpose of correcting certain errors and omission in Article 2B, Section 6-301, 12-107 and 12-108. Effective March 22, 2007.

Senate Bill 9 (Chapter 306) - Education - Student Surveys - Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System Survey
Requires the Department of Education and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to establish a workgroup to include representatives knowledgeable of and experience with the Maryland Youth Tobacco Survey among other health surveys as mandated by Federal and State laws to collect data regarding the use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs by the youth of the State. Effective July 1, 2007.

Senate Bill 91 (Chapter 501) and House Bill 359 (Chapter 502) - Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007
Requiring the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation to adopt regulations to implement the provisions of prohibiting a person from smoking tobacco products in indoor areas open to the public and places of employment with civil penalties and fines for the violation of a newly created Clean Indoor Air Act of 2007. An indoor area open to the public includes any establishment licensed or permitted under Article 2B of the Code for the sale or possession of alcoholic beverages. Waivers shall be determined through and granted by the health officer of a county from applications received prior to January 31, 2011. Effective October 1, 2007.

House Bill 68 (Chapter 589) - Alcoholic Beverages - Places of Public Entertainment and Unlicensed Establishments
Prohibiting a person in Caroline County, Dorchester County, Kent County, Queen Anne’s County, Somerset County, Talbot County, Wicomico County or Worcester County from serving or dispensing certain items or serving, dispensing, keeping, or allowing to be consumed alcoholic beverages or other component parts of mixed alcoholic drinks in certain places of public entertainment; prohibiting a person who operates a certain business establishment for profit in certain counties from knowingly allowing customers to bring alcoholic beverages for consumption into the establishment; etc. Effective July 1, 2007.

House Bill 670 (Chapter 249) - Alcohol Without Liquid Machines (AWOL)
Prohibiting the possession, purchase, transfer, or offering of sale or use, an AWOL device which is designed for the user to inhale a mix of an alcoholic product with pure oxygen or other gas; producing a vaporized product that can be inhaled. Effective October 1, 2007.

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