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Center for Alcohol Policy Releases New Video on Origin of America’s State-Based Regulatory System

LAS VEGAS, NVCenter for Alcohol Policy Chairman of the Board of Trustees Brian Clark today addressed attendees of the National Beer Wholesalers Association’s 76th Annual Convention and Trade Show at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada, and introduced a new video explaining the origin of America’s state-based regulatory system.

“The Center for Alcohol Policy is an educational foundation focusing on state based alcohol regulation – the very basis of today’s effective system,” Clark said. “That effective system works to balance alcohol control with an orderly and competitive marketplace. This system also works to provide choice and variety for thirsty consumers while protecting the public and keeping communities safe.”

The new video features Center for Alcohol Policy advisors Brannon Denning, professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of law, and Jerry Oliver, Sr., former Arizona alcohol regulator and chief of police for Detroit, Richmond and Pasadena.

“The 21st Amendment was important because not only did it repeal Prohibition but it also returned control over alcohol policy where it belongs, to state and local governments who can determine what kinds of policies serve the needs of their citizens best,” Denning said.

The video highlights the Center’s republication of the book Toward Liquor Control, which outlined how states could safely sell and serve alcohol following the repeal of Prohibition, and how the book is still helping shape policy today.

“It gives the tenets for why alcohol should be controlled at the local level, why states and local jurisdiction are to have the final say as to how alcohol is accessed and how it’s distributed,” said Oliver.

“It’s clear that what’s acceptable in Nevada isn’t necessarily acceptable in Utah,” added Denning. “The 21st Amendment and the flexibility of state-based regulation allows those local differences to be taken into account.”

To learn more about the Center for Alcohol Policy and its programs – including the upcoming Sixth Annual Alcohol Law Symposium taking place October 23 – 25 in Washington, D.C. – visit www.centerforalcholpolicy.org.

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 The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation. By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption. For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org or follow the Center on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoholPolicy.

Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Constitution Day, Partners with Bill of Rights Institute to Offer Lesson Plan for Educators

“Toast the Constitution!” Lesson Plan Teaches Rise and Fall of Prohibition

ALEXANDRIA, VA This Constitution Day, celebrated September 17, educators across the country now have access to a comprehensive “Toast the Constitution!” lesson plan to teach students about the rise and fall of national Prohibition thanks to the work of the Bill of Rights Institute and the support of the Center for Alcohol Policy.

Developed in partnership with the National Constitution Center’s American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit, the lesson plan teaches students about the origins of the 18th Amendment, the individuals and groups who fought for and against Prohibition, the events that led to its eventual repeal and the creation of state-based alcohol regulation with the passage of the 21st Amendment.

As part of the lesson, students will use their new knowledge as well as their drawing skills to get classmates to identify and define key terms in a game of Prohibition Pictionary. Students also will learn about the roles of historical figures from the era by taking on their identities for a dinner party.

“It’s important for today’s youth to learn the important lessons of Prohibition and the history of our nation’s alcohol policies,” said Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council Member and Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “No other product in our nation’s history has been the subject of two constitutional amendments, the second of which gave each state the right to regulate it as they see fit.”

“The fascinating history surrounding the rise and fall of Prohibition offers a great lesson in federalism, and this new lesson plan presents these important topics in a fun and creative way,” Denning added.

Educators interested in downloading the lesson plan at no cost can visit the Bill of Rights Institute website at www.billofrightsinstitute.org.

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 The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org or follow the Center on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoholPolicy.

The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America’s Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society. It is the goal of the Institute to help the next generation understand the freedom and opportunity the Constitution offers.

Nevada Attorney General to Deliver Keynote Address at Alcohol Law Symposium

ALEXANDRIA, VANevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto will deliver the keynote address at the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Sixth Annual Alcohol Law Symposium to be held October 23-25, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

This annual event brings together a wide range of experts in the field of alcohol law – including attorneys, current and former alcohol regulators, academic thought leaders, public health advocates and other experts – to discuss and debate current alcohol laws and challenges.

Catherine Cortez Masto has served as Nevada’s attorney general since 2007. As the chief law enforcement of the state, she has committed her time in office to protecting and advocating on behalf of the people and communities in Nevada. Prior to her service at the Attorney General’s Office, she worked as an assistant county manager for Clark County, Nevada. She also served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and was chief of staff to Governor Bob Miller.

In addition to keynote remarks by General Masto, presenters at this year’s Symposium will include:

  • Ed Dawson, Professor, Louisiana State University School of Law
  • The Honorable James Dehn, Judge of District Court, Isanti County, Minnesota
  • Brannon Denning, Professor, Samford University Cumberland School of Law
  • Pamela Erickson, Chief Executive Officer, Public Action Management, PLC
  • JT Griffin, National Policy Director, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • James Hall, Former Chairman, National Transportation Safety Board
  • Patrick Lynch, Former Attorney General of Rhode Island and President, Patrick Lynch Group
  • Barry Lynn, Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
  • Jack Marshall, President, ProEthics
  • Spencer Nevins, Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association
  • Jerry Oliver, Former Chief of Police for Detroit, Richmond and Pasadena and Arizona Alcohol Regulator
  • Paul Pisano, Sr. Vice President and General Counsel, National Beer Wholesalers Association
  • Dan Schweitzer, Supreme Court Counsel, National Association of Attorneys General
  • Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State and Local Legal Center
  • Ashley Trim, Research Director, Pepperdine University Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership

To register online, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/law-symposium. Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registration rates. For hotel reservations at the Grand Hyatt Washington, book online or call (888) 421-1442 and indicate that you are attending the Center for Alcohol Policy Law Symposium. Book by October 2 to secure the negotiated single/double group rate of $289 per night plus tax. A special government single/double per diem rate also is available to those with a valid government ID.

The CAP works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. In 2012, every attendee was able to secure CLE credits, and more than 40 states approved CLE accreditation to participants of the Alcohol Law Symposium.

For more details about the 2013 CAP Alcohol Law Symposium, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org or email info@centerforalcoholpolicy.org.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 c (3) organization whose mission is to educate policy makers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation.  By conducting sound and scientific-based research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, the Center promotes safe and responsible consumption, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities about the effects of alcohol consumption.  For more information, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org or follow the Center on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlcoholPolicy.

 

 


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