Transfer of liquor licenses, limit
ALCOHOL – Amends existing law to provide that retail liquor by the drink licenses issued on or after July 1, 2023, may not be sold, leased, or transferred and to provide that retail liquor by the drink licenses issued before July 1, 2023, may be sold or transferred only once.

RS30445 / S1120

Idaho utilizes a population-based method to regulate the density of retail liquor-by-the-drink licenses. This system has come to be known as the “quota system.” Unintentionally, this system has created a speculative market for liquor licenses. This legislation will end that speculative opportunity for licenses issued after July 1, 2023, because they will no longer have that transfer option. Realizing that current quota license holders may have a significant investment in their license, the bill will allow current quota licensees to sell their license one time. Thereafter, those licenses will also be non-transferable. Through attrition we can correct this flaw in the current licensing model. .

Bill Events
Date Description
02/27 Introduced; read first time; referred to JR for Printing
02/28 Reported Printed; referred to State Affairs
03/06 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation; Filed for second reading
03/07 Read second time; filed for Third Reading
03/09 Read third time in full – PASSED - 27-8-0
AYES – Adams, Anthon, Bernt, Bjerke, Burtenshaw, Den Hartog, Dunn(Carlson), Foreman, Grow, Guthrie, Harris, Hartgen, Just, Lakey, Lee, Lent, Okuniewicz, Rabe, Ricks, Ruchti, Schroeder, Semmelroth, Taylor, Toews, VanOrden, Ward-Engelking, Winder
NAYS – Cook, Hart, Herndon, Lenney, Nichols, Trakel, Wintrow, Zuiderveld
Absent and excused – None
Floor Sponsor - Guthrie
Title apvd - to House
03/13 Received from the Senate, Filed for First Reading
Read First Time, Referred to State Affairs
03/16 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
03/17 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/20 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/21 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/22 U.C. to place at bottom of third reading calendar one legislative day
U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/23 Read Third Time in Full – PASSED - 42-28-0
AYES – Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Boyle, Bundy, Burns, Cannon, Cheatum, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(24), Durrant, Ehlers, Erickson, Furniss, Galaviz, Garner, Green, Handy, Healey, Hill, Horman, Lanting, Manwaring, McCann, Mickelsen, Mitchell, Monks, Nash, Petzke, Pickett, Raybould, Raymond, Roberts, Skaug, Weber, Wheeler, Wroten, Yamamoto, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Barbieri, Berch, Blanksma, Chew, Clow, Dixon(1), Ehardt, Gallagher, Gannon, Hawkins, Holtzclaw, Kingsley, Lambert, Mathias, Mendive, Miller, Necochea, Nelsen, Palmer, Price, Redman, Rubel, Sauter, Scott, Shepherd, Tanner, Vander Woude, Wisniewski
Absent – None
Floor Sponsor - Manwaring
Title apvd - to Senate
03/24 Returned From House Passed; referred to enrolling
Reported enrolled; signed by President; to House for signature of Speaker
03/28 Received from Senate; Signed by Speaker; Returned to Senate
Reported signed by the Speaker & ordered delivered to Governor
03/29 Reported delivered to Governor at 2:20 p.m. on 03/28/23
03/31 Signed by Governor on 03/30/23
Session Law Chapter 201
Effective: 07/01/2023