New Laws That May Affect You

For several months my wife Carol and I were members of the wine club sponsored by the Baron Herzog wineries, one of the largest kosher wineries in the United States.  Every quarter the winery would send us one of their choicer reserve wines plus a featured wine of another winery, such as a wonderful chardonnay from the Goose Bay Winery in New Zealand.

Then suddenly the shipments stopped.

We soon learned that Arizona law forbade interstate shipments from large wineries like Baron Herzog. But, on August 6, 2016, a new law became effective that allows Arizonans to order wine by phone or on-line from out-of-state wineries and have the wine delivered directly to their homes or businesses. The wineries must apply for licenses which the liquor department must issue by January 1, 2017.  So now, a large winery like Baron Herzog can resume its shipments of wine into this state and perhaps, we can once again become members of their wine club.

There are some other laws that took effect this month that may have a significant effect on our daily lives or how we do business:

  • Before this month only office potlucks were exempt from inspection and licensing by the Arizona Department of Health Services.  Now all potlucks are exempt, so hosts of home-based potlucks need not fear an unwelcome knock on their door.
  • Drones that interfere with law enforcement efforts will subject their flyers to criminal prosecution.
  • Cities can lower speed limits around parks, not just schools.
  • Senate Bill 1216 doubles the amount that individuals can claim for a donation to a qualified charity.  The deductible amount is now $400 for an individual and $800 for a married couple filing jointly.
  • Short-term rentals by companies like Airbnb are no longer illegal.
  • Children who are victims of crimes may now be accompanied by a facility dog while testifying in court.
  • School gardens are no longer subject to regulation by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
If you are interested in finding out if there any other new laws that may affect your personal life or business let us know, and we will be glad to research them for you.  After all, knowing and applying the law is part of our business of providing you with peace of mind.



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