Assemblymember Nora Campos introduced the bill with the intention of further empowering ABC to expand its authority to suspend an alcohol license at an establishment for a wide range of issues - some not clearly defined by the bill's language.
The CRA expressed a number of concerns with the bill, as first introduced, and engaged with the author’s office in order to understand the impetus of the bill. Due our lobbying efforts, the bill was narrowed down to only apply to certain types of illicit behaviors.
The bill was amended to define an “immediate threat to health or safety” as the following: trafficking or dealing of controlled substances, prostitution, human trafficking, gambling, or violence involving great bodily injury or death that occurs on the licensee’s premises. Furthermore, the author took amendments to address additional concerns of the CRA's government affairs team.
However, AB 2082 still contained language that, in our view, eliminated due process. In essence, ABC could suspend your license without having the opportunity to go before an administrative law judge. With the due process concerns still at the forefront of our concerns, the bill failed passage in a senate policy committee this week.