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New Guide Explains Basics of Alcohol Beverage Control

Former Alcohol Regulator Roger Johnson Describes Role of State Regulators

 Alcohol_Beverage_Control_Basics_Cover_ThumbnailALEXANDRIA, VA – 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.”

The publication was made possible in part by the Center for Alcohol Policy and can be found here.

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.”

The report explains: “There is no national alcohol market. There are 50 different alcohol markets by constitutional design. Each state’s alcohol industry regulation evolved differently, although they all share concepts from the important work Toward Liquor Control by Raymond Fosdick and Albert Scott.”

It describes several areas of alcohol beverage control and industry regulation universal to the states, including:

  • Preventing “tied-houses” or illegal benefits between various tiers of the industry that would harm fair competition
  • Ensuring public safety by penalizing underage or over-service of alcohol beverages
  • Protecting the state’s revenues by ensuring the strength of a regulatory system that has allowed the collection of excise taxes, while also protecting each state’s legitimate industry members by conducting inspections of licensed premises
  • Provide education and training to the industry, municipal officials, local law enforcement, advocacy groups, the media and the general public to help them learn about the legalities, their rights and responsibilities and ensure compliance with state alcohol beverage laws
  • Balance desires for a “free market economy” with the goal of promoting temperance

“Laws unenforced are laws unobserved,” Johnson concludes. “One can pass all the laws to regulate the various segments of the [alcohol beverage] industry effectively but, without adequate staffing to administer and enforce them, the end result is ‘no regulation.’ And ‘no regulation’ results in chaos for the public and the alcohol industry.”

Johnson adds, “The industry needs, and the public expects, ‘reasonable regulation’ to maintain the health and safety of society.”

Johnson is a past president of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association and was named “Agent of the Year” in 1996. His “False I.D. Instruction” program received NLLEA’s Program of the Year Award in 1998. He also served as third vice president of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators.

Johnson will be among the presenters at the Eighth Annual CAP Alcohol Law and Policy Conference taking place September 9-11, 2015, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. Additional details regarding the conference can be found at www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/law.

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 The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(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 Announces Eighth Annual Essay Contest

The 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 CAP Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States,” said CAP Advisory Council member and Samford University Cumberland School of Law Professor Brannon Denning. “We can learn a lot from our nation’s history with alcohol, especially looking at the societal problems that led to national Prohibition and the public policy initiatives that were put in place following the passage of the 21st Amendment, which repealed Prohibition and began today’s system of state-based alcohol regulation.”

WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2015. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays.

HOW TO ENTER: Essays may be emailed to essay@centerforalcoholpolicy.org or mailed as a hard copy to: Center for Alcohol Policy; Attn: Essay Contest; 1101 King St., Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA 22314. Essays must be accompanied by an entry form.

DEADLINE: The deadline for entries is December 5, 2015.  Winners will be announced in early 2016.

AWARDS: Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners in the amounts of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 respectively.

To read essay guidelines and last year’s winning essays, please visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/essay-contest/. For more information, please call (703) 519-3090.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501c(3) organization whose mission is to educate policymakers, 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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