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7:45 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Delaware Considers Easing Liquor License Requirements

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is set to consider a bill easing Delaware's laws on restaurants serving alcohol.

Under the current law, a restaurant must have seating for at least 35 people in order to be eligible for a license to sell beer, wine or liquor.

The legislation to be discussed Wednesday changes the definition of restaurants eligible for liquor licenses to include establishments that serve complete meals and provide seating for at least 12 people, not 35.

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2:53 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Fruitland Police Chief Found Not Guilty

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Fruitland Police Chief Michael Phillips has fended off charges that he was driving while under the influence of alcohol or driving while impaired.

But he was found guilty of following too closely during an incident in June.

The case was heard by a District Court judge in Princess Anne.

Phillips has maintained his innocence.

He was stopped on the evening of June 29th while heading north on U.S. Route 13 near Somerset Avenue outside of Princess Anne.

Phillips was placed on paid administrative leave in late June.

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7:46 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Last Call Could Get Later in Delaware

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You might be able to order a drink a bit later in the state of Delaware.

Legislation is pending that would extend last call from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Small venues would pay $1-thousand to sell after alcohol for that hour while larger places would pay $5-thousand.

The legislation is now in the House Economic Development Committee.

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8:17 am
Tue May 6, 2014

MD Law Bans Retail Alcohol Sales Over 190 Proof


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed a measure banning the retail sale of alcohol that is 190-proof and stronger.

The new law signed Monday by the Democratic governor had strong backing from leaders of colleges and universities.

Jonathan Gibralter, president of Frostburg State University, says grain alcohol is seen as a cheap and reliable way to get drunk quickly. He says that makes it a popular option for students, who don't realize how intoxicated it can make them very quickly.

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8:27 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Delaware Bill Would Allow Beer Sales at Movie Theaters

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They could be serving popcorn and a beer at your local movie theater in Delaware.

At least, that’s what legislation introduced into the state’s General Assembly would allow for theaters that have 500 seats, are open 5 days a week and have at least 250 movie showings a year.

The Wilmington News Journal reports there are around 30 states which allow alcohol to be served at movie theaters.

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8:57 am
Wed August 14, 2013

The Costs of Binge Drinking

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Binge drinking can be expensive -- especially for a state like Maryland.

Those are the results of a new state by state study by the Centers for Disease Control.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story:

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9:38 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Good Samaritan Drug Bill


DOVER, Del. (AP) - The state Senate has unanimously approved a bill encouraging people to report alcohol and drug overdoses without fear of being prosecuted.

The so-called Good Samaritan bill received unanimous approval in the Senate on Tuesday and now goes to the House.

Under the bill, a person reporting on overdose would be immune from prosecution for certain drug crimes even if he or she has been involved in drug-related activity.

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9:01 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Legislation Could Expand Alcohol Sales in MD


There’s legislation in Annapolis that could provide a license to  stores, grocery stores, convenience stores and drug stores to sell beer and wine.

In Wicomico County, there are few grocery stores that sell wine and beer.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that they were grandfathered in during the mid-1990’s under article 2 B of the county’s alcohol law.

No new licenses have been issued for grocery stores to sell alcohol.

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11:36 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Bill to Ease Alcohol Restrictions at Events in Delaware

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Dover-area lawmakers have introduced a bill to revise state liquor laws in order to make it easier to hold big entertainment events such as last summer's Firefly music festival.

The bill introduced Thursday would exempt such events from a law that prohibits the holder of a license to sell alcohol that hosts such an event on its property from sharing profits of alcohol sales with the event promoter.

Supporters say removal of the prohibition is designed to attract large events from other states where such revenue sharing is common.

8:52 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Alcohol and Tobacco Contraband Violations Up In Maryland

Violations for contraband tobacco and alcohol were on the rise during the last fiscal year in Maryland.

State Comptroller Peter Franchot says that 196 people were charged with tobacco violations for the period that ended on July 1st.

He also said nearly $2 million worth of cigarettes were confiscated during the same period.

That’s nearly 326-thousand packs of cigarettes – up by over a 100-thousand during the same period the year before.

9:06 am
Tue June 19, 2012

Arrest Could Be Penalty for Open Alcohol Container In Ocean City

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Having an open container of alcohol in public in Ocean City is now an offense that can lead to an arrest.

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Ocean City Town Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that changes the punishment for having an open alcohol container in public from a municipal infraction to a misdemeanor offense. The new ordinance took effect immediately.