The 2019 General Assembly Session ended at midnight on April 9th, capping an eventful legislative session for Senator Jim Rosapepe (District 21 – Prince George’s and Anne Arundel Counties). In his first session as the Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus, Rosapepe would be directly involved with some one hundred twenty-two pieces of legislation and serve as the lead sponsor of twenty-three important bills (you can find a link to each of these bills by clicking). Of the twenty-three bills that he carried, one passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and is now poised to become Maryland law.
This bill authorizes the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners to issue a Class BLX license to a movie theater if (1) the owner or operator of the movie theater has invested at least $5,000,000 in renovating or remodeling the movie theater; (2) the average daily receipts from the sale of food, excluding receipts from the sale of candy or popcorn, exceed the average daily receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages; and (3) any employee who serves alcoholic beverages is certified by an approved alcohol awareness program. However, the board may not issue a Class BLX license to a movie theater in the 26th legislative district. A holder of a Class BLX license issued for use in a movie theater may sell beer, wine, and liquor for on-premises consumption and, unlike a Class BLX restaurant licensee, only from noon to 12:30 a.m. the following day. A Class BLX movie theater licensee may serve only customers who have proof of admission to the movie theater. The bill takes effect July 1, 2019.
After a successful 2019 legislative session, Senator Rosapepe now looks ahead to the 2020 session when he’ll bring with him the experience of another productive and effective year in the Maryland Senate.