May 17, 2019

2019 Senate Session Highlights – Senator Jim Rosapepe

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 here). Of the twenty-three bills that he carried, one passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and is now poised to become Maryland law.

Senate Bill 352 – Prince George’s County – Alcoholic Beverages – Class BLX License for Movie Theaters

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.