Fifty-sixth Legislature

Second Regular Session

House: RA DP 6-0-0-0

HB 2618: spirituous liquor; DHS; inspection; exemption

Sponsor: Representative Hernandez A, LD 20

Caucus & COW


Exempts specific spirituous liquor from inspections by the Arizona Department of Health Services (DHS).


The director of DHS must prescribe reasonably necessary rules to ensure that food and drink sold at retail for human consumption are free from unwholesome substances, poisonous or disease-causing organisms. Rules must include measures to protect the health and safety of the public during production, processing, labeling, serving, handling and transporting the products. These rules must prescribe minimum standards for sanitary facilities and conditions to be maintained in all warehouses, restaurants  and other premises, except as outlined when there is an exemption.  Additionally, the rules ensure proper inspection and licensing of premises and vehicles used in preparing, storing, handling and producing food and drink (A.R.S. § 36-136).

Special event license (Series 15) means authorization issued to a charitable, civic, fraternal, political or religious organization to sell spirituous liquors for consumption on or off the premises where the spirituous liquor is sold only for a specified period (A.R.S. § 4-112)

Wine festival or fair license (Series 16) means authorization issued for a specified period to a domestic farm winery to serve samples of its products and sell the products in individual portions for consumption on the premises or in original, unopened containers for consumption off the premises (A.R.S. § 4-112).

Statute in part, defines spirituous liquor as alcohol, brandy, whiskey, rum, tequila, mescal, gin, wine, porter, ale, beer, any malt liquor or malt beverage, absinthe, a compound or mixture of any of them and beverages containing more than 1/2 of 1 percent of alcohol by volume (A.R.S. §4-101).

Provisions☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal Note

1.   Exempts certain spirituous liquor from DHS inspections and related rules as follows:

a)   spirituous liquor of licensed producers;

b)   imported spirituous liquor sold by licensed wholesalers.  (Sec. 1)

2.   Applies the exemption to all commercially prepackaged spirituous liquor and all spirituous liquor poured at Arizona's licensed special events, festivals and fairs. (Sec. 1)

3.   Makes technical changes.  (Sec. 1)




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