Florida Senate - 2013                                     SB 372
       By Senator Latvala
       20-00465-13                                            2013372__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Beverage Law; amending s.
    3         561.57, F.S.; authorizing a licensed vendor to
    4         transport alcoholic beverages from a distributor’s
    5         place of business in vehicles owned or leased by the
    6         vendor’s authorized employees; revising permit
    7         requirements for such vehicles; revising permit fees;
    8         providing for cancellation of vehicle permits;
    9         authorizing the inspection and search of such vehicles
   10         without a search warrant; providing requirements for
   11         the use and storage of vehicle permits; providing an
   12         effective date.
   14  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   16         Section 1. Subsections (3) and (4) of section 561.57,
   17  Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   18         561.57 Deliveries by licensees.—
   19         (3) A licensed Any vendor may transport alcoholic beverage
   20  purchases from a distributor’s place of business to the vendor’s
   21  licensed premises or off-premises storage, if the provided that
   22  a vehicle used to transport the alcoholic beverages is owned or
   23  leased by the vendor or an authorized employee of the vendor and
   24  a valid vehicle permit has been issued for such or decal is
   25  attached to the vendor’s owned or leased vehicle.
   26         (4) A vehicle permit The division shall have prepared for
   27  issuance vehicle permits or decals suitable to be attached to
   28  such vehicles, with the words, “Beverage Vehicle No. ....,”
   29  which may be obtained by a licensed any vendor or an authorized
   30  employee of the vendor upon application and payment of a fee of
   31  $5 per vehicle to the division. Such permit remains permits
   32  shall be valid and does will not expire unless the vendor or
   33  authorized employee of the vendor disposes of his or her
   34  vehicle, or the vendor’s alcoholic beverage license is
   35  transferred, canceled, not renewed, or is revoked by the
   36  division, whichever occurs first. The division shall cancel a
   37  vehicle permit issued to a vendor upon request from the vendor.
   38  The division shall cancel a vehicle permit issued to an
   39  authorized employee of a vendor upon request from the vendor,
   40  upon request from the authorized employee, or upon the
   41  authorized employee’s termination from employment by the vendor.
   42  By acceptance of a vehicle permit, the vendor or authorized
   43  employee of the vendor licensee agrees that such vehicle is
   44  shall always be subject to inspection and search be inspected
   45  and searched without a search warrant, for the purpose of
   46  ascertaining that all provisions of the alcoholic beverage laws
   47  are complied with, by authorized employees of the division and
   48  also by sheriffs, deputy sheriffs, and police officers during
   49  business hours or other times that the vehicle is being used to
   50  transport or deliver alcoholic beverages. A vehicle permit
   51  issued under this subsection must be carried in the vehicle used
   52  by the vendor or authorized employee of the vendor when the
   53  vendor’s alcoholic beverages are being transported or delivered.
   54  For a vehicle permit issued to an authorized employee of a
   55  vendor, the vehicle permit must remain on the vendor’s licensed
   56  premises when not being used for transportation or delivery of
   57  the vendor’s alcoholic beverages.
   58         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.