Section 4-2A-19

Sale, distribution, regulation, control of alcoholic beverages; issuance of liquor licenses.

(a) In addition to the definitions prescribed in Section 4-2A-1, as used in this section the following words and terms have the meaning hereby ascribed to them:

(1) ABC LAW. Chapters 3 and 3A, Title 28 which establish and govern the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and provide for alcoholic beverage licensing.

(2) ABC BOARD. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

(3) SPECIAL RETAIL LIQUOR LICENSE. The special retail license for which the ABC law provides.

(4) AIRPORT LIQUOR LICENSE. The license which this chapter provides for issuance to the authority.

Any word or term used in this section which is defined in the ABC law shall have the same meaning as that law ascribes to said word or term.

(b) Any other law to the contrary notwithstanding, the authority's main airport terminal as defined in Section 4-2A-1(19) shall be wet for purposes of Title 28 and alcoholic beverages can be legally sold, distributed and consumed within the authority's main airport terminal at the authority's major airport as defined in Section 4-2A-5(a). All of the provisions of Title 28 relating to alcoholic beverages in wet counties, including Chapters 3, 3A, 6 and 7, not in conflict with this chapter, shall be put into operation with respect to and effective within the authority's main airport terminal as defined in Section 4-2A-1(19).

(c) At the request of the authority, the ABC Board shall issue an airport liquor license to the authority, or at the request of the authority, to any one or more concessionaires, licensees, tenants, operators or lessees of the authority, where a "special retail liquor license" is otherwise authorized by law, provided that such an airport liquor license may be granted in wet or dry counties for location within the authority's main airport terminal at the authority's major airport as defined in Section 4-2A-5(a), and further provided that in accordance with the provisions of subsection (d) of this section, the sale of alcoholic beverages pursuant to such an airport liquor license may be permitted at any time on any Sunday. Such an airport liquor license shall entitle the authority or such concessionaire, licensee, tenant, operator or lessee of the authority to purchase liquor from an Alabama liquor store, and subject to the provisions of the ABC law and the regulations made thereunder, not in conflict with this chapter, to keep and sell in the authority's main airport authority terminal at the authority's major airport as defined in Section 4-2A-5(a) for consumption therein any such liquor and also any malt or brewed beverages or vinous beverages the holder of a special retail liquor license is entitled to keep and sell. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, an airport liquor license shall be deemed to be a special retail liquor license, and to the extent not in conflict with this chapter, all of the provisions of the ABC law applicable to a special retail liquor license shall be applicable to an airport liquor license. The aforesaid concessionaires, licensees, tenants, operators or lessees of the authority who are authorized to sell or distribute alcoholic beverages in accordance with an airport liquor license shall be deemed to be the person to whom the airport liquor license is granted.

(d) When any liquor license is issued pursuant to this chapter, all other laws to the contrary notwithstanding, the board of the authority shall have the authority and the duty to determine and fix the days of the week, which may include Sunday, and the times when, and places where, alcoholic beverages may be sold in its main airport terminal as defined in Section 4-2A-1(19) and to fix other reasonable rules and regulations for the sale of alcoholic beverages therein.

(e) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the laws of the state and the regulations of the ABC Board shall apply to the authority and its concessionaires, licensees, tenants, operators or lessees in any of their operations under an airport liquor license.

(Acts 1991, No. 91-667, p. 1275, §19.)