SPRINGFIELD — A bill allowing for the home-delivery of liquor passed the Senate Executive Committee Wednesday, with its sponsor promising to bring an amended proposal back for further discussion.
State Sen. Don Harmon’s Senate Bill 54 passed unanimously. Harmon said he was still working with the liquor control commission and other groups to fine-tune the bill before it comes to a vote before the full chamber.
The bill allows retail liquor licensees to deliver alcohol straight to a consumer’s door, provided certain conditions such as age verification and training are met.
“In this new world of innovation where we now are able to order our groceries for delivery, this is an effort to ensure when we order our bread and meat we can also order of bottle of wine,” Harmon, an Oak Park Democrat, said.
Other alcoholic beverages, such as beer and liquor, would be included under the bill as well. The deliverer of the beverages would be required to verify that the person accepting it was of legal drinking age.
The bill also allows the retail licensee to use a third-party facilitator to deliver the beverages, and establishes the cost of a license fee for such a facilitator to be $1,100.