Rugby World Cup Alcohol Bill Passes

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 — 9:25 PM

A bill concerning alcohol licensing rules for the Rugby World Cup has completed its third reading.

ACT MP David Seymour’s Sale and Supply of Alcohol (Extended licensing hours during Rugby World Cup) Bill completed its third reading by 99 to 21 with National 59 in favour, Labour 23 in favour 2 opposed, Green Party 13 opposed, NZ First 12 votes in favour, Maori Party 2 opposed, ACT 1, UF 1 in favour, seven labour MPs cast their votes as “others” with 3 in favour and 4 opposed.

The bill was introduced by leave with a curtailed select committee process with leave also received for the bill to be reported back today and given its second and third readings. The bill will allow licensed premises to open for the screening of Rugby World Cup games in the early hours of the morning without gaining a special license.

MPs then returned to the interrupted first reading of the Financial Assistance for Live Organ Donors Bill.
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