Be it enacted a FEDERAL law to ban advertisements for alcoholic beverages on any medium of electronic communication governed by the Federal Communications Commission as well as on all billboards in the nation.
HB #207 will change the current advertising policy that bans persons from advertising alcoholic beverages to audiences primarily consisting of persons under the age of twenty-one (21). This law will be put into effect on May 1, 2003. Those entities currently advertising alcoholic beverages on one or more mediums of electronic communication and/or billboards must remove all current advertisements by 12:00 AM on January 1, 2004. Beginning 12:00 AM, January 1, 2004, both the person paying for AND the person displaying any advertising for any alcoholic beverage on any medium of electronic communication and/or billboard shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be subject to a fine of not more than $500,000. Between May 1, 2003 and June 1, 2003, all entities producing alcoholic beverages and all advertising agencies will be informed via postal mail of the new regulations set forth herein. All enforcement of these regulations will be handled by the Department of Commerce and Trade. The primary Constitutional Amendment requiring consideration in association with this proposal is the First Amendment.
Person is used to refer to an individual, partnership, corporation, or any other business or legal entity.