RESTAURANT DELIVERY OF ALCOHOL: On Tuesday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m. the Senate Commerce Committee will hear SB 512, which would allow restaurants to obtain a special alcohol delivery license that would enable the restaurant to deliver up to 192 ounces of beer or up to 1.5 liters of wine with the delivery of a meal prepared by the license. It also would allow restaurants engaged in take-out-service to include wine and beer in the take-out order. NHLRA supports this bill.
REGULATION OF FOOD TRUCKS: On Wednesday, February 19 at 2:15 p.m. the Senate Commerce Committee will hear SB 479, which would establish a committee to study and review state and municipal regulation of food trucks and to evaluate ways to reduce state and local barriers to operating food trucks in NH. The Committee would be charged will filing a report by November 1, 2020.
DOGS IN OUTDOOR AREAS OF BREW PUBS: On Wednesday, February 19 at 2:00 p.m. the Senate Commerce Committee will hear SB 450, which would allow brew pub licensees to enable patrons to bring their dogs onto outdoor patios provided that the access to the patio is from the exterior of the building.
ADDING THE SALE OF SKI TICKETS TO THE MEALS AND ROOMS TAX: The House Ways & Means Committee has voted 20-0 to recommend that HB 1652 be killed. The bill would add the sale of ski tickets under the meals and rooms tax. The full House will vote on the bill next Wednesday, February 19.
BEDBUGS: A subcommittee of the House Health & Human Services Committee has voted to recommend killing HB 1428. The bill would require Town Health Officers, upon a complaint of a guest of an inn, hotel, motel or other establishment which provides lodging to transient guests, to enter the premises to evaluate whether bedbugs are present. The full committee will vote on the bill soon.
LICENSING OF MUSHROOM HARVESTERS: The House Environment Committee has voted 19-1 to recommend passage of HB 1692 with amendment. As amended, the bill would establish a licensing program for wild mushroom harvesters within the NH Department of Health & Human Services so that such mushrooms will be considered as being an “approved source” and thereby able to be purchased by food establishments. The full House will vote on the bill next Wednesday, February 19.
MOTORIST SERVICE SIGNS NORTH OF CONCORD: The House Transportation Committee has voted 19-0 to recommend passage of HB 1363, which would allow logos of restaurants, lodging establishments and campgrounds to be placed on the large blue motorist service signs on limited access highways north of Concord. Currently, the logos are only allowed on signs on highways Concord and south. The full House will vote on the bill next Wednesday, February 19.
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