Maine Revised Statutes

§1072. Clubs

1. Issuance of licenses.  The bureau may issue licenses under this section for the sale of spirits, wine and malt liquor to be consumed on the premises to clubs, as defined in section 2, subsection 15, paragraph D.
[ 1997, c. 373, §99 (AMD) .]
2. Requirements.  Except as provided in subsection 3, for at least one year immediately before filing the application for a license, a club must have:
A. Been in continuous operation and existence; [1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW).]
B. Regularly occupied as owner or lessee a suitable clubhouse or quarters for use of members; [1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW).]
C. Held regular meetings; [1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW).]
D. Conducted its business through officers regularly elected; and [1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW).]
E. Charged and collected dues from members. [1987, c. 342, §96 (AMD).]
[ 1987, c. 342, §96 (AMD) .]
3. Exception to one-year requirement.  Any organization in the State having a charter from a national organization is exempt from the one-year requirement of subsection 2 if it has been established for not less than 3 months.
[ 1993, c. 730, §44 (AMD) .]
4. Register of club members.  Every club shall keep and maintain a register of the name, identity and address of each member of the club. The club shall allow any liquor enforcement officer or other authorized agent of the bureau to inspect the register at any reasonable time.
[ 1997, c. 373, §99 (AMD) .]
5. Sale of liquor only to members and guests; exception.  Except as provided in paragraph A, licensed clubs may not sell liquor to anyone except members and their guests accompanying them.
A. Licensed veterans' and fraternal organizations and social clubs may sell liquor to members of the same national or affiliated international organization and to members of auxiliaries of the same national or affiliated international organization and their guests accompanying them. [1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW).]
[ 1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW) .]
6. Sales in containers forbidden.  No club may sell spirits in the original container.
[ 1987, c. 45, Pt. A, §4 (NEW) .]
1987, c. 45, §A4 (NEW). 1987, c. 342, §96 (AMD). 1993, c. 730, §44 (AMD). 1997, c. 373, §99 (AMD).