Nebraska Revised Statute 53-1,104

Chapter 53 Section 1,104

53-1,104.

Violations by licensee; suspension, cancellation, or revocation of license; cash penalty in lieu of suspending sales; election authorized.

(1) Any licensee which sells or permits the sale of any alcoholic liquor not authorized under the terms of such license on the licensed premises or in connection with such licensee's business or otherwise shall be subject to suspension, cancellation, or revocation of such license by the commission.

(2) When an order suspending a license to sell alcoholic liquor becomes final, the licensee may elect to pay a cash penalty to the commission in lieu of suspending sales of alcoholic liquor for the designated period if such election is not prohibited by order of the commission. Except as otherwise provided in subsection (3) of this section, for the first such suspension for any licensee, the penalty shall be fifty dollars per day, and for a second or any subsequent suspension, the penalty shall be one hundred dollars per day.

(3)(a) For a second suspension for violation of section 53-180 or 53-180.02 occurring within four years after the date of the first suspension, the commission, in its discretion, may order that the licensee be required to suspend sales of alcoholic liquor for a period of time not to exceed forty-eight hours and that the licensee may not elect to pay a cash penalty. The commission may use the required suspension of sales of alcoholic liquor penalty either alone or in conjunction with suspension periods for which the licensee may elect to pay a cash penalty. For purposes of this subsection, second suspension for violation of section 53-180 shall include suspension for a violation of section 53-180.02 following suspension for a violation of section 53-180 and second suspension for violation of section 53-180.02 shall include suspension for a violation of section 53-180 following suspension for a violation of section 53-180.02;

(b) For a third or subsequent suspension for violation of section 53-180 or 53-180.02 occurring within four years after the date of the first suspension, the commission, in its discretion, may order that the licensee be required to suspend sales of alcoholic liquor for a period of time not to exceed fifteen days and that the licensee may not elect to pay a cash penalty. The commission may use the required suspension of sales of alcoholic liquor penalty either alone or in conjunction with suspension periods for which the licensee may elect to pay a cash penalty. For purposes of this subsection, third or subsequent suspension for violation of section 53-180 shall include suspension for a violation of section 53-180.02 following suspension for a violation of section 53-180 and third or subsequent suspension for violation of section 53-180.02 shall include suspension for a violation of section 53-180 following suspension for a violation of section 53-180.02; and

(c) For a first suspension based upon a finding that a licensee or an employee or agent of the licensee has been convicted of possession of a gambling device on a licensee's premises in violation of sections 28-1107 to 28-1111, the commission, in its discretion, may order that the licensee be required to suspend sales of alcoholic liquor for thirty days and that the licensee may not elect to pay a cash penalty. For a second or subsequent suspension for such a violation of sections 28-1107 to 28-1111 occurring within four years after the date of the first suspension, the commission shall order that the license be canceled.

(4) For any licensee which has no violation for a period of four years consecutively, any suspension shall be treated as a new first suspension.

(5) The election provided for in subsection (2) of this section shall be filed with the commission in writing one week before the suspension is ordered to commence and shall be accompanied by payment in full of the sum required by this section. If such election has not been received by the commission by the close of business one week before the day such suspension is ordered to commence, it shall be conclusively presumed that the licensee has elected to close for the period of the suspension and any election received later shall be absolutely void and the payment made shall be returned to the licensee. The election shall be made on a form prescribed by the commission. The commission shall remit all funds collected under this section to the State Treasurer for distribution in accordance with Article VII, section 5, of the Constitution of Nebraska.

(6) Recognizing that suspension of the license of a licensee domiciled outside of the state poses unique enforcement difficulties, the commission may, at its discretion, mandate that a licensee domiciled outside of the state pay the cash penalty found in subsection (2) of this section rather than serve the suspension.

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