§60-6-25. Mandatory signs to be posted warning of the possible dangers of consumption of alcohol during pregnancy.
(a) Beginning July 1, 1998, all persons licensed to sell alcoholic liquor, wine or nonintoxicating beer at retail, either for consumption on-premises or off-premises, or both, shall display signs provided by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner warning of the possible danger of birth defects which may result from the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy. These signs shall be displayed upon the licensed premises in the following manner:
(1) If a licensee holds a license providing for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor, wine or nonintoxicating beer for on-premises consumption, the sign shall be posted in an open and prominent place in the licensed portion of the establishment: Provided, That self-service "mini-bars" in hotel guest rooms are exempt: Provided, however, That airports, convention centers, sports facilities and other licensed premises with more than one authorized location of sales, service and consumption shall post signs in plain view to the majority of patrons entering or approaching the licensed portion of the premises.
(2) If the licensee holds a license providing for the retail sale of alcoholic liquor, wine or nonintoxicating beer for off-premises consumption, the sign shall be posted in plain view at the main entrance to the licensed premises.
(3) If the licensee is a liquor manufacturer, the notices shall be posted in plain view at the main entrance to areas where alcohol is sold for off-premises consumption. If a manufacturer's tasting rooms have separate buildings or separate entrances, the sign shall be posted in plain view at the main entrance to the tasting area.
(b) The Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner shall make signs and replacements warning of the possible danger of birth defects which may result from the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy available to each licensee governed by the provisions of this section.
(c)(1) Upon a determination by the commissioner that a licensee has failed to comply with the provisions of this section, the commissioner may impose a civil administrative penalty of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 for each violation. The provisions of section fifteen of this article shall not apply to a violation of this section.
(2) The commissioner shall propose legislative rules for promulgation pursuant to the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code setting forth:
(A) Objective criteria against which the exercise of the commissioner's discretion in the determination of whether to impose a civil administrative penalty is to be measured; and
(B) Procedures meeting the requirements of due process through which an alleged violation of this section may be contested.
(3) The proceeds of civil administrative penalties collected for violations of this section shall be deposited in a fund hereby established in the State Treasury to be known as the "fetal alcohol syndrome fund". The commissioner shall expend the moneys deposited in the fund to educate the public concerning the dangers of fetal alcohol syndrome without appropriation except as provided in this subsection. After the sum of $5,000 has been deposited into the fund during a fiscal year, any additional deposits shall be divided as follows: (1) An amount necessary to allow the commissioner to carry out his or her duties pursuant to this section, not to exceed one half of such additional deposits, shall be deposited in the alcohol beverage control administration fund; and (2) the remainder of such additional deposits shall be made to the state fund, general revenue. Any moneys remaining in the fund on June 30 of each year shall be subject to reappropriation for expenditure during the following fiscal year. The commissioner shall annually file a report with the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Delegates, informing the Legislature as to the amounts deposited in the funds, and the purposes for which the amounts deposited in the alcohol beverage control administration fund were expended.