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Title 07: Alcoholic Beverages

Chapter 007: MUNICIPAL CONTROL

  • § 161. Licenses voted by town; town meetings; warning

    (a) Upon petition of not less than five percent of the legal voters of any town, filed with the town clerk in conformance with 17 V.S.A. § 2642, the warning of the annual or special meeting shall contain an article providing for a vote upon the following questions:

    Shall licenses for the sale of malt and vinous beverages be granted in this town?

    Shall spirits and fortified wines be sold in this town?

    The vote under such article shall be by ballot in the following form:

    Shall licenses for the sale of malt and vinous beverages be granted in this town?

    Yes ______ No ______

         Shall spirits and fortified wines be sold in this town?

    Yes ______ No ______

    (b) Licenses and permits for the sale of malt and vinous beverages and spirit and fortified wines shall be issued according to the vote at the annual town meeting held in March 1969 until a town votes otherwise. (Amended 1967, No. 271 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. date, see note set out below; 1977, No. 68, § 1; 2015, No. 51, § A.14, eff. Jan. 1, 2016.)

  • § 162. Report

    After any annual town meeting wherein the town votes on the questions set forth in section 161 of this title, the clerk of the town shall report promptly the results of the vote to the liquor control board, upon forms furnished by the board. (Amended 1967, No. 271 (Adj. Sess.), § 2, eff. date, see note set out below.)

  • § 163. Ballots; color

    Whenever a petition is filed under section 161 of this title, the town clerk shall, at least two weeks before the annual or special meeting, cause blank ballots for the votes provided for in this title to be printed in any color except yellow, in such manner that each ballot can be easily detached, to the number of not less than one and one-tenth times the number of voters qualified to vote at the last preceding general election, as shown by the checklist. Upon each such ballot shall be endorsed the words: "OFFICIAL BALLOT" followed by the name of the town in which it is to be used and the date of the election. The town clerk is authorized to use regular ballots for the requisite number of sample ballots by adding in type or print on the front thereof, the words: SAMPLE BALLOT. (Amended 1967, No. 271 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. date, see note set out below; 1977, No. 68, § 2; 1979, No. 200 (Adj. Sess.), § 117.)

  • § 164. Duties of ballot clerks and town clerks

    The board of civil authority, or the ballot clerks if directed by them, shall have charge of the ballots and perform the duties imposed upon ballot clerks and assisting clerks and be subject to the penalties imposed upon such officials by law. The town clerk shall perform the same duties in respect to such ballots as are imposed upon him by the provisions of law governing general elections, except as otherwise provided.

  • § 165. Hours of opening

    The box for the reception of such ballots shall be opened at the hour the meeting is called, and be closed when general voting ceases. (Amended 1977, No. 68, § 3.)

  • § 166. Control commissioners

    There shall be control commissioners in each town and city. Such control commissioners shall be the selectboard members in each town and city council in each city. The town and city clerks shall be recording officers and clerks of the commissioners and be paid as hereinafter provided. (Amended 2013, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 72.)

  • § 167. Duties of local control commissioners

    (a) The local control commissioners shall administer such rules and regulations, which shall be furnished them by the liquor control board, as shall be necessary to carry out the purposes of this title. Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, all forms of licenses and permits and applications therefor and all rules and regulations shall be prescribed by the liquor control board, which shall prepare and issue such forms, rules and regulations.

    (b) If the municipality so votes at a meeting duly warned for that purpose, the local control commissioners may, in the exercise of their authority under subdivision 222(1) of this title, condition the issuance of licenses and permits upon compliance, during the term of the license or permit, with any ordinance regulating entertainment or public nuisances that has been duly adopted by the municipality; and

    (c) The local control commissioners may, in the exercise of their authority under section 236 of this title, suspend or revoke a liquor license or permit for violation of any condition placed upon the issuance of a license or permit under subsection (b) of this section. The local control commissioners shall give reasons for the suspension or revocation in writing and shall also state the duration of any suspension in writing. (Amended 1987, No. 103, § 2; 1997, No. 162 (Adj. Sess.), § 1, eff. April 29, 1998.)

  • § 168. Unorganized places, control commissioners

    In an unorganized town or gore the supervisor shall be the control commissioner for the administration of the liquor control laws. He may in his discretion issue and approve the issuance of licenses as he finds the interests of the inhabitants best served. The provisions of sections 161-165, 221 and 224 of this title insofar as they relate to voting shall not apply to unorganized towns and gores. (1959, No. 162, eff. May 6, 1959.)