Effective on July 1st, 2006, Colorado will officially move from a reciprocal state to a limited-direct state. See the file in the ShipCompliant Document Library for the full details of House Bill 1120, which will establish a permit system for in-state and out-of-state wineries. Governor Bill Owens signed the bill on Thursday.
Colorado was previously considered by most to be a “reciprocal” state even though a direct shipping license was required as was a previous onsite visit by Colorado consumers. The new legislation will remove the onsite visit requirement and remove the current per customer quantity limit of two cases per individual per month. Excise taxes and monthly reporting will apply, but the Colorado ABC has yet to determine the exact requirements for reporting and taxes.
Congratulations to our friend Doug Caskey at the Colorado Wine Industry Development Board and Chuck McGrigg from the Wine Institute for helping to get this favorable legislation passed.
Colorado House Bill 1120 passed the House and is now in the hands of Governor Owens. The bill would remove reciprocity language and create a limited direct model with equal access from all states. Colorado consumers will no longer be required to make an initial onsite visit to a licensed winery before making offsite purchases.
This is great news for the Six88 crew. Our Friday wine tastings at the Boulder office are about to get a lot better.
Colorado House Bill 1120 passed the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Livestock Committee unanimously. Based on the Wine Institute model legislation, the proposed bill would create a limited direct permit system that would allow interstate shipments into and out of Colorado. Colorado currently is considered a reciprocal state and must change its laws to comply with Granholm.
In their effort to become compliant with the Granholm decision, Colorado introduced a limited direct bill that would ease restrictions on shipping wine. Currently, consumers in Colorado can not make offsite purchases from wineries unless they have visited that winery in the past. The new legislation would remove this previous visit requirement.