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                                                 Updated Monday, January 19, 2009

 Last      Bill #                             Impact                                    Status         Comments/Position   Sponsor / Link
Change
                                                                                        02/06/08
                                                                                         Senate:
                     Alcoholic beverages; underage possession. Changes
                                                                                     Continued to
                     the penalty for possession of alcoholic beverages by a
                                                                                    2009 in Courts
                     person under age 21 to a Class 2 misdemeanor
Dec. 05,                                                                            of Justice (15-Y
 2008
           SB 601    (confinement in jail for not more than six months and a                                                  Norment
                                                                                          0-N)
                     fine of not more than $1000, either or both) from a Class 1
                                                                                        12/05/08
                     misdemeanor (confinement in jail for not more than 12
                                                                                     Senate: Left in
                     months and a fine of not more than $2,500, either or both).
                                                                                        Courts of
                                                                                         Justice

                     Alcoholic beverage control; suspension and
                     revocation; penalty waivers. Requires the ABC Board,            Committee on
                     by regulation, to establish a schedule of offenses for which    General Laws;
Jan. 19    HB 2051                                                                                                              Gear
                     any penalty may be waived upon a showing that the              subcommittee on
                     licensee has had no prior violations within three years          ABC/Gaming
                     immediately preceding the date of the violation.

                                                                                      01/25/08
                                                                                       Senate:
                     Alcoholic beverage control; mixed beverage                     Continued to
                     restaurant licensee food sale requirement. Changes                2009 in
                     the gross receipt sale requirement for mixed beverage          Rehabilitation
                     restaurant licensees. The bill requires licensees' gross        and Social
                     receipts from the sale of food cooked or prepared and
 Jan. 9    SB 323                                                                   Services (15-                              Wagner
                     consumed on the premises and nonalcoholic beverages
                     served on the premises, after issuance of such license, to        Y 0-N)
                     amount to at least an average of $4,000 per month                12/05/08
                     annually.                                                       Senate: Left
                                                                                         in
                                                                                    Rehabilitation
                                                                                     and Social
                                                                                       Services
                                                                                       01/18/08
                                                                                        Senate:
                                                                                     Continued to
                                                                                        2009 in
                                                                                    Rehabilitation
                    Grounds for which ABC Board may revoke or
                                                                                      and Social
                    suspend license. Eliminates provision that the ABC
                                                                                    Services (15-Y
                    Board may revoke or suspend a license, other than a
                                                                                         0-N)
                    brewery license, if it has reasonable cause to believe that
                                                                                       02/28/08
                    the licensee has employed a person who has been
Jan. 9    SB 294                                                                        Senate:               Puller
                    convicted of a felony or a crime of moral turpitude. The bill
                                                                                      Committee
                    limits ABC Board's authority to revoke a license to
                                                                                      substitute
                    licensees who employ a person who has violated the laws
                                                                                        printed
                    of the Commonwealth, of any other state, or of the United
                                                                                    085690304-S1
                    States, applicable to the manufacture, transportation,
                                                                                       12/05/08
                    possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages.
                                                                                    Senate: Left in
                                                                                    Rehabilitation
                                                                                      and Social
                                                                                       Services

                    Study; Alcoholic Beverage Control Board; disposition
                    of real estate used for government stores. Directs the
                    Alcoholic Beverage Control Board to, on or before
                    December 31, 2009, complete an implementation study
                    for the discontinuation of government stores and for the
                    disposition of all real property owned or leased by the          Referred to the
Jan. 13   HJR 701   Board upon which government stores are operated. The             Committee on            Purkey
                    resolution also directs the Board to submit an                        Rule
                    implementation plan for the disposition of the real property
                    owned or leased by the Board and operated as
                    government stores to the chairs of the House Committee
                    on General Laws and to the Senate Committee on
                    Rehabilitation and Social Services on or before December
                    31, 2009.

                    Alcoholic beverages; underage consumption.
                     Provides that anyone who knowingly permits underage                                  Melvin; Brink
                                                                                     Committee for
Jan. 13   HB 2087   consumption of alcoholic beverages in his dwelling or on                             Senators Barker,
                                                                                    Courts of Justice
                    his private real property, or who knows that such behavior                             Puller, Ticer
                    is occurring but fails to make reasonable efforts to halt it,
                    is guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.
                                                                                     Committee for
Jan, 13   HB 1868                                                                                             Janis
                    Criminal law; penalties for underage drunk driving.             Courts of Justice;


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                    Eliminates the sunset date of July 1, 2010, on the 2008          Criminal
                    Act of Assembly that provides that "zero tolerance" (0.02      subcommittee
                    percent BAC) underage drinking and driving is punishable
                    as a Class 1 misdemeanor, and provides for forfeiture of
                    such person's license to operate a motor vehicle for a
                    period of one year from the date of conviction and either a
                    mandatory minimum fine of $500 or 50 hours of
                    community service. Prior to this chapter's enactment, the
                    punishment was loss of license for six months and a fine
                    of no more than $500. The bill also clarifies that
                    punishment for underage drinking includes, but is not
                    limited to, the license forfeiture and either a mandatory
                    minimum fine of $500 or 50 hours of community service.

                    Criminal law; fee for person entering VASAP.
                     Increases from $250 to $300 the minimum fee and from
                    $300 to $360 the maximum fee for persons entering              Committee for
                                                                                  Courts of Justice;
Jan. 13   SB 835    VASAP. Upon each biennium beginning July 1, 2012, the             Criminal
                                                                                                        Locke
                    maximum fee will increase by a percentage equal to the         subcommittee
                    increase in the Consumer Price Index calculated from the
                    time the fee was last set..

                                                                                    01/30/08
                    Truancy and school dropout prevention. Provides                  House:
                    that local school boards must implement school                Continued to
                    dropout prevention programs and services that                    2009 in
Jan. 9    HB 1263
                    include an emphasis on truancy prevention. The bill           Education by           Hall

                    amends relevant Code sections pertaining to                    voice vote
                    compliance with the compulsory school attendance                12/04/08
                    law to strengthen the authority of local school boards.        House: Left
                                                                                  in Education
                                                                                     01/15/09
                    Administration of prescription drugs. Expands                      House:
                    authority of persons who have completed a training course     Reported from
                    approved by the Board of Nursing, and who do so in            Health, Welfare
                    compliance with the prescriber's instructions and in          and Institutions
                    accordance with regulations promulgated by the Board of         (22-Y 0-N)
Jan. 14   HB 1601                                                                                      Hamilton
                    Pharmacy, to allow administration of prescription drugs          01/16/09
                    where the drugs would normally be self-administer by an        House: Read
                    individual receiving services in a program licensed by the       first time
                    Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation, and             01/19/09
                    Substance Abuse Services. Such authority was previously        House: Read
                    limited to administration of drugs that would normally be      second time

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                    self-administered by a resident of a facility licensed or             and engrossed
                    certified by the Department of Mental Health, Mental
                    Retardation and Substance Abuse Services.
                    Learner's permit fees; requirements for issuance of
                    driver's licenses to minors. Requires that minor
                    applicants for a driver's license show they have
                    successfully completed, with a parent or guardian, an in-                01/09/09
                    person 90-minute or longer driver safety course                           House:
                    prescribed by DMV. The bill also increases the learner's               Referred to
                    permit issuance fee from $3 to $8; the additional $5 is to            Committee on
                    be retained by DMV to cover its costs associated with this            Transportation
Jan. 14   HB 1782                                                                                             Albo
                    new requirement.                                                         01/16/09
                                                                                              House:
                    Appears to add a requirement that a parent joins their child in         Assigned
                    training that reinforces the parent’s responsibility to teach their   Transportation
                    children about responsible behavior including the dangers of              sub: 1
                    underage drinking, etc.


                                                                                             01/15/09
                                                                                              Senate:
                                                                                          Rereferred from
                    Operation of a motor vehicle without an ignition
                                                                                          Transportation
                    interlock; penalty. Provides that operation of a motor
                                                                                            (15-Y 0-N)
Jan. 15   SB 889    vehicle without an ignition interlock when such operation is                            McDougle
                                                                                             01/15/09
                    prohibited is a Class 1 misdemeanor and that the person's
                                                                                              Senate:
                    operator's license shall be revoked for one year.
                                                                                           Rereferred to
                                                                                             Courts of
                                                                                              Justice
                    Operation of a motor vehicle without an ignition                         01/09/09
                    interlock; penalty. Provides that operation of a motor                    House:
Jan. 09   HB 1805   vehicle without an ignition interlock when such operation is           Referred to      Loupassi
                    prohibited is a Class 1 misdemeanor and that the person's             Committee on
                    operator's license shall be revoked for one year.
                                                                                          Transportation
                    DUI ignition interlock limitations. Provides that a
                    person who is convicted of DUI is required to have an
                    ignition interlock on the first offense as a condition of a
                                                                                            01/13/09
                    restricted license. Currently, the requirement for an                    House:
                    interlock is only imposed upon a second offense or when                Referred to
Jan. 13   HB 2041                                                                                           Iaquinto
                    the offender's BAC is above 0.15 percent. The bill                    Committee for
                    imposes a $75 administrative fee, up from $20. The bill                 Courts of
                    provides that the monthly operation and maintenance fee
                    is to be paid by the Criminal Fund if the offender is
                                                                                             Justice
                    indigent. The bill also provides that anyone who is

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                  required to have an interlock may not operate a passenger
                  vehicle that carries more than 15 people.



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