SANTA FE, NM (STL.News) Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Wednesday signed House Bill 255, a sweeping bipartisan reform bill approved by the Legislature that will, among other things, provide for home delivery of alcohol as a means of creating a new revenue stream for hard-hit food and drink establishments in New Mexico.
Alcohol delivery permits can be issued to retailers, dispensers, craft distillers, winegrowers, small brewers and restaurant licensees, and identification checks are mandatory for deliveries. The Department of Health is directed as part of the legislation to conduct a study on the effects of alcohol delivery in New Mexico in several years.
After significant revisions in both chambers, the bill now also infuses new equity and opportunity into the state’s liquor licensing process, making licenses more affordable and accessible overall while providing for a significant tax deduction among other protections for existing license holders in recognition of their investment.
The bill lifts the restrictions on alcohol sales that had been imposed solely on Sundays and prohibits the sale of miniature bottles of liquor for off-site consumption. The legislation also prohibits wine and spirit sales at gas stations in McKinley County, per an amendment from Sen.