Certain Non-Profits Can Have Alcohol at Special Events

FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. - Certain non-profit organizations in Frederick County, Maryland will be able to have a special liquor license and alcohol at their events after the Maryland General Assembly passed a new law this session.

Non-profit groups who have a gaming permits are eligible to apply for a permit for some of their special events.

"Anybody from a sportsman's club to a fraternal order club, like the Ruritans, the Lions Clubs, the Kuwanis, any of those organizations that want to be able to have them can do so, "said Del. Kelly Schulz, (R) - chairwoman, Frederick County Delegation.

The Lions Club requested this bill.

"We included them so that we didn't miss anyone," Schulz said. "When one group or organization comes to us, I think it's very important, and as chair of the delegation this year, I wanted to make sure that it was inclusive so all of the non-profit organizations were able to benefit from the possibility, if they chose, to use this process."

The Frederick County Liquor Board will oversee the process, and non-profits will be able to set a set number of special licenses each year.

"I think when you have an overall fundraiser, it's probably been beneficial to some of those organizations that can sell just beer and wine at their event, and they can make more money off of that for the overall event, which goes to the organization 100 percent," Schulz said.

The law will go into effect July 1, 2014. 

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