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2021 House Bill 5304: Authorize “robo-bartenders”
Introduced by Rep. Rodney Wakeman (R) on September 21, 2021
Authorize and create a comprehensive regulatory regime for the use of “robo-bartender” dispensing machines for beer, wine and mixed drinks that are located at a customer's table or with use of a secure "key card" in other parts of establishments with a liquor license, including restaurants, certain hotel rooms and more. The machines could not dispense more than 96 ounces in a single order, or dispense spirituous liquor “straight.” Customers would still have to place the order with a human staff member, and staff members would still be required to monitor the service.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Regulatory Reform Committee on September 21, 2021
Reported in the House on February 8, 2022
With the recommendation that the substitute (H-2) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Rodney Wakeman (R) on February 15, 2022
To revise details of the bill, and authorized enhanced fines if a minor or visibly intoxicated individual is able to get alcohol from the machines.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on February 15, 2022
To authorize and create a comprehensive regulatory regime for the use of “robo-bartender” dispensing machines for beer, wine and mixed drinks that are located at a customer's table or with use of a secure "key card" in other parts of establishments with a liquor license, including restaurants, certain hotel rooms and more. The machines could not dispense more than 96 ounces in a single order, or dispense spirituous liquor “straight.” Customers would still have to place the order with a human staff member, and staff members would still be required to monitor the service.
Received in the Senate on February 22, 2022
Referred to the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee on February 22, 2022

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