1998 Regular Session
To: Ways and Means
By: Representative Williams
House Bill 1340
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 27-71-21, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REQUIRE RETAILERS OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES TO POST BOND FOR NOT LESS THAN $5,000.00 NOR MORE THAN $25,000.00; TO DELETE THE PROVISION WHICH PROVIDES THAT ANY RETAILER, WHOSE CHECK FOR THE PURCHASE OF MERCHANDISE OR PAYMENT OF TAXES IS DISHONORED, MAY BE REQUIRED TO POST AN ADDITIONAL BOND OF $5,000.00; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 27-71-21, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
27-71-21. Before any person shall engage in the business of manufacturing or retailing of alcoholic beverages, he may be required to enter into a bond payable to the State of Mississippi, conditioned that he will conduct said business strictly in accordance with the laws of the State of Mississippi, and that he will comply with the rules and regulations prescribed by the commission, and pay all taxes due the State of Mississippi. The amount of a bond required of a manufacturer, not including a producer of native wine, shall not exceed One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000.00), and the amount required of a retailer shall be not less than Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00), nor more than Twenty-five Thousand Dollars ($25,000.00). * * * Such bond shall be made in a surety company authorized to do business in the State of Mississippi and shall be approved by the commission. The commission shall be authorized to institute suit in the proper court for any violation of the condition of said bonds. The amount of the bond required of a producer of native wine shall be Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00).
As an alternative to entering into a bond as required by this section, any person who shall engage in the business of manufacturing or retailing alcoholic beverages may, subject to the same conditions of conduct required for bonds, deposit with the State Treasurer the equivalent amount of the bond required for that particular person in cash or securities. The only securities allowable for this purpose are those which may legally be purchased by a bank or for trust funds, having a market value not less than that of the required bond. The commission shall file notice with the Treasurer for any violation of the conditions of the cash or security deposit.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.