Nebraska Liquor Laws Updated in Recent Bill

Lizzy Connolly | April 19, 2023

Earlier this week, Nebraska lawmakers passed a bill that would update the state’s liquor laws. State Senator John Lowe introduced LB376, which passed with a 41-0 vote.

Under the bill, Nebraska will now create a brand registration for the state’s Liquor Control Commission to accurately identify and track alcoholic products imported into the state. This new brand registration requirement will become effective January 1, 2024 and will apply to all alcohol products imported into the state for either three-tier distribution or direct-to-consumer (DtC) shipping. Registration will need to be completed by the Primary American Source or authorized brand dealer (who will need to certify their authorization) of the product, who will need to indicate their Nebraska wholesaler and pay a fee.

As reported by the Nebraska Legislature, provisions for five other bills were also included in the passed legislation:

It’s important to note the new product registration requirement for primary American source suppliers prior to bringing any product into Nebraska. This will apply to all products and any time a product will be shipped into Nebraska, including DtC and three-tier sales. Currently, Nebraska allows for DtC shipping of wine, beer and spirits.

With the new registration part of the law not going into effect until the start of 2024, Nebraska can utilize all of 2023 to further develop its specific process and forms for the legislation’s requirements.

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