Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Announces Education Session Topics

CAPConferenceThe Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held September 9 – 11, 2015, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, will feature educational sessions on issues currently at the forefront of alcohol law and policy. The sessions will be led by a wide range of experts, including educators, regulators, public health advocates and industry officials.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Applauds State of Missouri for Recognizing Importance of Effective State Alcohol Regulation and Enforcement

regualtion edited 2This week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation into law creating the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Fund. The fund will support enforcement of liquor and tobacco laws and will be supported by fees from liquor licenses and permits. Specifically, 70 percent of the fees collected for liquor licenses and permits are directed to the fund, which may be used only by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control for the administration and enforcement of the liquor control laws and other laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Names Mike Lashbrook as Executive Director

Lashbrook editedThe Center for Alcohol Policy announced today that Mike Lashbrook, former president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA), has been named executive director for the Center.

Lashbrook brings to the Center more than two decades of experience in public policy and the alcohol industry. At MB&WWA, he served as the chief executive responsible for the oversight of all operations, governance and activities of the association and its subsidiaries. He was the chief spokesperson before government, the media and the public. Lashbrook joined the association as its president in 1989, serving in that post for 26 years. During that time, Lashbrook served as chair of the Wholesale Beer Association Executives and of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc. Advisory Council. He was inducted into the Michigan Society of Association Executives Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

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New Guide Explains Basics of Alcohol Beverage Control

Alcohol_Beverage_Control_Basics_Cover_ThumbnailFormer alcohol regulator Roger B. Johnson, a 38-year veteran of the Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, today released a new guide, “Alcohol Beverage Control: The Basics for New State Alcohol Regulators.”

Jim Hall, Center for Alcohol Policy advisor and former chairman of the National Traffic Safety Board, said, “This will be a useful guide for new alcohol regulators in every state, who are charged with enforcing their state’s alcohol laws, sometimes with very little resources. As an effective alcohol regulator for nearly 40 years, Roger Johnson knows what it takes to succeed in effectively and efficiently enforcing reasonable regulations that balance the sometimes competing demands of a competitive industry and the public’s health and safety.”

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Center for Alcohol Policy Announces Eighth Annual Essay Contest

ScalesofJusticeThe Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is now accepting entries for its Eighth Annual Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

2015 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Granholm decision, which ruled against two states’ laws that discriminated against out-of-state alcohol producers but also affirmed that “The three-tier system is unquestionably legitimate.” How has this “unquestionably legitimate” system fostered competition, increased new products available to consumers and worked to protect consumers and the public?

The deadline for entries is December 5, 2015.  Read more…

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