SERVICE OF ALCOHOL AT BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS: On Wednesday, April 11 at 11:15 a.m. the House Commerce Committee will hear SB 418. This bill would allow beverage manufacturers and nano breweries to sell one four-ounce sample per label per person and 2 pints per person. The bill caps the total amount that may be served per person on the premises at 48 ounces. Under current law, they are only allowed to serve one four-ounce sample per label per person. This bill is the continuing creep of beverage manufacturers wanting to serve more of their product at their facilities without having to make an investment in food service, essentially becoming bars with no (or little) requirement to serve food. NHLRA will continue to oppose this bill.
SEPARATE BATHROOMS FOR EACH SEX: On Tuesday, April 10 at 1:45 p.m. the Senate Commerce Committee will hear HB1382, which would repeal the requirement that restaurants provide separate bathrooms for each sex.
ENTERTAINERS CONSUMING ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHILE PERFORMING: On Tuesday, April 10 at 1:30 p.m. the Senate Commerce Committee will hear HB 1285, which would allow entertainers in establishments that are licensed to serve alcoholic beverages to drink alcohol while performing. An amendment was added to the bill in the House to make it clear that “dancers” are also allowed to drink alcohol while performing.
PAYMENT FOR UNUSED VACATION OR PERSONAL TIME: On Tuesday, April 17 the Senate Commerce Committee will hear HB 1201. The bill would require employers to pay employees earned but unused vacation time.
NHLRA HEADED TO NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION ADVOCACY DAYS: NHLRA President Mike Somers will lead a group of NHLRA members to Washington DC next week to participate in the National Restaurant Association’s Advocacy Days. Joining Mike will be NHLRA Board Chair, Mike McDonough of Fratello’s and Homestead, Vinnie Spiotti of the Appalachian Mountain Club, Sim Willey of Harts Turkey Farm, and NHLRA lobbyist Henry Veilleux. The group will visit with our NH Congressional delegation to discuss important issues to our industry.