Sunday, April 23, 2017

PUBLIC OPPORTUNITY TO PROTEST A CORPORATE STRUCTURE CHANGE OF MONTANA RETAIL ON-PREMISES CONSUMPTION BEER AND WINE LICENSE

PUBLIC
OPPORTUNITY TO PROTEST A
CORPORATE
STRUCTURE CHANGE OF
MONTANA RETAIL
ON-PREMISES
CONSUMPTION BEER AND WINE LICENSE
Wooly Bugger, Inc. (Daniel L. Alsaker, Shareholders with 10% or more) has applied to transfer shares of ownership of Montana Retail On-Premises Consumption Beer and Wine License No. 32-999-8112-301 currently operating at Jackrabbit Reds Casino, 104 North Clark Street, Park City, Stillwater County, Montana. The public may protest this corporate structure change in accordance with the law.

Who can protest this transfer? Protests will be accepted from residents of the county of the proposed location (Stillwater), residents of adjoining Montana counties (Park, Sweet Grass, Golden Valley, Yellowstone, and Carbon), and residents of adjoining counties in another state if the criteria in 16-4-207(4)(d), Montana Code Annotated (MCA), are met.

What information must be included? Protest letters must be legible and contain (1) the protestor’s full name, mailing address, and street address; (2) the license number (32-999-8112-301) and the applicant’s name (Wooly Bugger, Inc.); (3) an indication that the letter is intended as a protest; (4) a description of the grounds for protesting; and (5) the protestor’s signature. A letter with multiple signatures will be considered one protest letter.

What are valid protest grounds? The protest may be based on the applicant’s qualifications listed in 16-4-401, MCA, or the grounds for denial of an application in 16-4-405, MCA. Examples of valid protest grounds include: (1) the applicant is unlikely to operate the establishment in compliance with the law; (2) the proposed location cannot be properly policed by local authorities; and (3) the welfare of the people in the vicinity of the proposed location will be adversely and seriously affected.

How are protests submitted? Protests must be postmarked to the Department of Revenue, Office of Dispute Resolution, P.O. Box 5805, Helena, Montana 59604-5805 on or before May 1, 2017.

What happens if the transfer is protested? Depending on the number of protests and the protest grounds, a public hearing will be held in Helena or Park City. All valid protestors will be notified of the hearing’s time, date and location. Hearings typically are scheduled within 90 days. A protester’s hearing testimony is limited to the grounds in the protester’s letter. Following the hearing, the Department of Revenue will notify the public whether the license transfer is approved or denied.

How can additional information be obtained? The cited MCA statutes are online at leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/. Questions may be directed to Vickie Zincke, Compliance Specialist for the Department of Revenue’s Liquor Control Division, at (406) 444-0713 or VZincke2@mt.gov.
Published by SCN April 13, 20, 2017

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