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New law requires liability insurance for SC businesses that sell alcohol

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A new law that take effect on July 1 requires all alcohol-serving businesses to have liability insurance that could help assist victims who are wounded, paralyzed, or worse due to alcohol-related crimes.

The law, dubbed the Dram Shop legislation, will be implemented nearly three years after Dillon police officer Jacob Richardson was hit by a drunk driver who had been over-served at a night club, according to the South Carolina Association for Justice. The crash left Richardson paralyzed and with permanent brain damage.

The SCAJ said the night club had no insurance and passed their liability onto the city of Dillon, which has since paid more than 1 million dollars for Richardson’s care.

The law requires that any business that renews or applies for an on-premise alcohol license from the South Carolina Department of Revenue and sells alcohol after 5 p.m. to carry a minimum $1 million liquor liability policy.

Read the full bill here.

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