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Beverage Service Training and Related Practices

Laws specifying requirements or incentives for retail alcohol outlets to participate in server training programs (often referred to as Responsible Beverage Service).

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Changes Over Time for Beverage Service Training and Related Practices
Jurisdiction Date Range Law Type Mandatory States
Training Required
Voluntary States
Incentives for Training
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TN (Tennessee)
1/1/2003 - 6/4/2006Mandatory  Yes    On-PremisesBoth3 Citations
TN (Tennessee)

Although the approval date of Tennessee's enacting legislation establishing a voluntary beverage service training program applicable to off-premises sale of beer was June 5, 2006, the program did not become fully implemented and enforceable until July 1, 2007. Note that prior to June 5, 2006, Tennessee had only a mandatory beverage service training program applicable to on-premises sales of alcoholic beverages.

6/5/2006 - 1/1/2018Voluntary    Yes YesOff-PremisesUnspecified16 Citations
TN (Tennessee)
6/5/2006 - 6/7/2010Mandatory  Yes    On-PremisesBoth3 Citations
TN (Tennessee)
6/8/2010 - 3/19/2014Mandatory YesYes    On-PremisesBoth4 Citations
TN (Tennessee)

Although the effective date of Tennessee's enacting legislation establishing a mandatory beverage service training program for: (a) "retail food store wine licensees," and (b) retailers licensed to sell "alcoholic spirituous beverages, including beer and malt beverages, to patrons or customers, in sealed packages only, and not for consumption on the premises except for conducting tastings," was March 20, 2014 (see 2014 Tennessee Laws Pub. Ch. 554), by its terms the program will not be fully implemented and enforceable until July 1, 2016.

3/20/2014 - 1/1/2018Mandatory YesYes    BothBoth10 Citations