Wilk bill to permit beauty salons to offer an alcoholic beverage heads to governor

SACRAMENTO –Today, Assemblyman Scott Wilk’s, R-Santa Clarita, Assembly Bill 1322 passed its final vote in the Legislature. AB 1322 would add beauty salons and barbershops to the list of businesses allowed to serve an alcoholic beverage without a license or a permit to clients ages 21 and over, provided no extra fees are charged for the beverage.

“Going to the barber or the beauty salon is an experience. It is not uncommon for a customer to be offered a glass of wine or a beer,” Wilk said. “These businesses—many of whom are small, mom-and-pop shops—want to make sure their customers thoroughly enjoy their visit. AB 1322 limits the offering to one beverage to ensure the safety of both the patron and other customers.”

Many beauty salons and barbershops throughout California currently offer complementary alcoholic beverages to their customers at no charge without a liquor license from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, inadvertently disobeying state law. AB 1322 adds beauty salons and barbershops to the list of businesses allowed to offer beverages without obtaining a license as long as they restrict the offering to one beverage and do not charge extra for it.

AB 1322 will now be presented to the Governor for his signature or veto.