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  • NJ A3351
  • Creates license to manufacture and sell hard cider and mead.*
Introduced
(2/22/2016)
In Committee
(2/27/2017)
Crossed Over
(11/21/2016)
Passed
(3/13/2017)
Signed
(5/11/2017)
Dead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill creates a meadery license which permits the holder to manufacture a maximum of 250,000 gallons of mead per year and to sell those products to wholesalers and retailers in New Jersey and other states. The bill also allows the holder of a plenary winery license and farm winery license to produce and sell mead. In addition, a plenary or farm winery may sell mead in its salesrooms, ship it directly to customers, and offer samples to customers. Under the bill, meadery licensees are permitted to sell their products to consumers for consumption on or off the licensed premises. The bill allows a meadery licensee to operate up to 15 salesrooms located apart from the meadery premises. The bill also allows the holder of a meadery license to directly ship up to 12 cases of mead to any person over the age of 21 in New Jersey or any other state for personal consumption and not for resale. A case of mead may not exceed nine liters. The meadery is required to retain for at least three years on the meadery premises for inspection by the State the original invoices for any mead shipped. In addition, licensees who have obtained an annual permit from the Director of the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control may permit the sampling of mead produced on the licensed premises. The annual fee for a meadery license would be $938. Mead is an alcoholic beverage primarily made from honey, water, and yeast. Although often considered an historic drink, this handcrafted beverage has experienced a resurgence in popularity in the early 21st century.
2nd Reading in the Assembly, 2nd Reading in the Senate, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Bills and Joint Resolutions Signed by the Governor, Budget and Appropriations, Law and Public Safety, Passed Assembly, Passed both Houses
Approved P.L.2017, c.80.  (on 5/11/2017)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
5/11/2017 S Approved P.L.2017, c.80.
3/13/2017 S Passed Senate (Passed Both Houses) (36-0)
3/13/2017 S Substituted for S2570
2/27/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
2/27/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Hearing (19:00 2/27/2017 A-3785 is pending referral.)
2/6/2017 S Referred to Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee
2/6/2017 S Reported from Senate Committee, 2nd Reading
2/6/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 2/6/2017 *Revised- 2/2/17-S-1944/A-2690(2R), S-2092/A-3581(2R), and S-260)
2/6/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Hearing (19:00 2/6/2017 )
12/5/2016 S Received in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee
11/21/2016 A Passed by the Assembly (68-3-1)
6/27/2016 A Assembly Substitution (Lampitt)
5/19/2016 A Reported out of Assembly Comm. with Amendments, 2nd Reading
5/19/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Hearing (14:00 5/19/2016 Committee Room 15, 4th Floor)
2/22/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Floor: Substitute For S2570 (Voice Vote) 0 0 0
Detail 3/13/2017 Senate Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 36 0 4
Detail 2/27/2017 Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee: Reported Favorably 11 0 2
Detail 2/6/2017 Senate Law and Public Safety Committee: Reported Favorably 4 0 1
Detail 11/21/2016 Assembly Floor: Third Reading - Final Passage 68 3 8
Detail 5/19/2016 Assembly Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee: Reported with Amendments 5 0 0