Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Constitution Day

September 15th 2017, 9:34am

Educational Resources Highlight 21st Amendment as Origin of America’s State-Based Regulatory System

Alexandria, Va. – This Constitution Day, celebrated annually on Sept. 17, the Center for Alcohol Policy is highlighting its educational resources that explain the 21st Amendment’s role in establishing America’s state-based regulatory system.

The Center for Alcohol Policy video The Origins of America’s State-Based Regulatory System illustrates the origin of today’s alcohol regulatory system, which works to balance alcohol control with an orderly and competitive marketplace.

The video features Center for Alcohol Policy advisors Brannon Denning, associate dean 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 describes the Center’s republication of the book Toward Liquor Control, which outlined how states should regulate the sale and serving of 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.”

Another educational resource that explains the 21st Amendment’s role in establishing America’s state-based alcohol regulatory system and offers tips for those charged with enforcing state laws today is the brief guide, “Alcohol Beverage Control: The Basics for New State Alcohol Regulators,” written by former alcohol regulator Roger B. Johnson, a 38-year veteran of the Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement Unit of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, and published by the Center.

The Center also supported the development of a “Toast the Constitution!” lesson plan. Through a partnership with the Bill of Rights Institute, this resource helps educators teach students about the origins of the 18th Amendment, the individuals and groups who fought for and against Prohibition, and the events that led to its repeal with the passage of the 21st Amendment.

To learn more about the Center for Alcohol Policy and its programs, please 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 Hosts 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

September 12th 2017, 4:39pm

Alexandria, Va. – The Center for Alcohol Policy hosted its 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference September 6 – 8, 2017, at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois. The conference was attended by a record-setting crowd with representation from 34 states and 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 current alcohol laws and challenges.

President of the National Association of Attorneys General and Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt delivered a keynote address on the role state attorneys general play in policy debates about alcohol and the state’s role under the 21st Amendment. Attorney General Schmidt reflected on our nation’s history with alcohol regulation and the fact that a century ago, problems associated with alcohol misuse dominated the headlines and national debate. He observed that today’s lack of negative headlines and a more rational debate about alcohol regulation is a tribute to conference attendees and current regulation in the states.

Results of the Center’s 2017 national survey on the public opinion of alcohol regulation were also reviewed by pollster Lori Weigel of Public Opinion Strategies. According to the poll, four-in-five Americans support individual states’ ability to regulate alcohol. Additionally, Americans overwhelmingly believe that public health and safety issues should be the priority of their local policymakers when crafting alcohol regulations. An analysis of the survey’s key findings is available on the Center’s website.

During the conference, the Center announced Kathie Durbin, chief of licensure, regulation and education at the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Liquor Control, as the recipient of the Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award. The award recognizes the work of alcohol regulators who oversee the alcohol industry and promote public safety.

Other highlights of the conference included: Dr. Joseph Kolly’s presentation on impaired driving trends as Chief Safety Scientist of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fischer’s insights on the court challenges to alcohol regulation in his state; Donovan Borman, executive director of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, reviewing Illinois’ efforts to crack down on illegal smuggling of alcohol; and drug abuse policy expert Jonathon Caulkins of Carnegie Mellon detailing the status of marijuana legalization and the resulting regulatory challenges.

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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.

Maryland Alcohol Regulator Receives National Award at Center for Alcohol Policy Annual Conference

September 12th 2017, 3:58pm

Kathie Durbin of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Liquor Control receives Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award.

Alexandria, Va. – The Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce that Kathie Durbin, chief of licensure, regulation and education at the Montgomery County, Maryland, Department of Liquor Control, is the recipient of the Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award.

The award, which recognizes a specific program, agency or person who oversees the alcohol industry and promotes public safety, was presented by the Center’s Advisory Council at the 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, in Chicago, Illinois, last week.

“The Center for Alcohol Policy appreciates that alcohol regulators are on the front lines of many initiatives in the states aimed at keeping the alcohol industry properly regulated, promoting public health and safety and supporting a competitive business marketplace,” said Jerry Oliver, a Center Advisory Council member, who has served as an alcohol regulator and police chief. “This award highlights effective best practices that may serve as examples to alcohol regulators in other states.”

“What stood out to me is Kathie’s tireless energy and enthusiasm to oversee such a densely populated and diverse jurisdiction,” continued Oliver. “Montgomery County is incredibly demographically diverse with more than 140 languages spoken. Kathie has helped to develop and manage bi-weekly alcohol regulatory trainings for more than 1,000 servers and sellers of alcohol annually. Since Kathie was named division chief at the department in 2003, she has made giant strides to promote educational training for employees at the more than 1,000 licensed establishments and 1,000 licensed special events every year, as well as communication between community leaders, businesses, law enforcement and regulators.”

Durbin oversees many educational resources that not only protect public safety, but also improve the business environment in the county. She helped to establish the Alcohol Law Education & Regulatory Training (A.L.E.R.T.) program, offered by the department twice a month, at no cost to attendees to improve compliance with alcohol laws; a revamped Compliance Check program; and a Mystery Shop program, among others.

Durbin is known for her fair and consistent approach to alcohol regulation and willingness to work with all stakeholders, including the public health community, law enforcement, businesses and other regulators to improve public safety. Spearheading the Annual Maryland Alcohol Forum, Durbin brings together alcohol license administrators and law enforcement to discuss policy priorities, trends in public health and licensing and enforcement best practices.

 

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Photo Download: Award recipient and Center for Alcohol Policy Advisors

(L to R): Center for Alcohol Policy Advisors Jim Hall and Jerry Oliver; award recipient Kathie Durbin; Center Advisors Brannon Denning and Patrick Lynch

Read biographical details for the Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council members.

 

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.

Public’s Concern Over Alcohol Misuse Remains High

September 7th 2017, 2:59pm

Center for Alcohol Policy releases survey shows support for effective regulation of alcohol

Alexandria, Va. – According to a recently released national poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy, four-in-five Americans support individual states’ ability to regulate alcohol. The poll results also show that 93% of respondents believes drunk driving problems remain an extremely or very serious problem, a number surpassing concerns about opioid abuse which has dominated the nation’s headlines recently. Binge drinking and underage drinking are seen as  extremely to very serious problems, as well, at 78% and 73% respectively.

According to the survey, Americans overwhelmingly believe that public health and safety issues should be the priority for their local policymakers when crafting alcohol regulations.

“Americans recognize and agree that when it comes to a unique product such as alcohol, regulation is vital, and they support the states’ ability to set their own laws and regulations around alcohol,” said Mike Lashbrook, the Center’s executive director. “Policy makers need to stay focused on the public’s concerns over alcohol misuse and demand for responsible regulation.”

Key findings include:

Americans agree that regulation is important, especially when it comes to alcohol.

  • 89% of adults agree that it is very important to keep the American alcohol industry regulated.
  • Four-in-five Americans agree that since alcohol is different, it requires a different set of rules, and states should regulate it.
  • 86% support the legal drinking age being set at 21.

Additionally, Americans believe that alcohol laws need to prioritize public health and safety. 

  • A clear majority of Americans still see alcohol-related issues as serious problems in this country – drunk driving at 93%, binge drinking at 78% and underage drinking at 73%.
  • Alcohol misuse problems are on par with or even exceed other more highly publicized problems: 93% of Americans believe driving under the influence of alcohol is a extremely/very serious issue, while opioid abuse is viewed by 88% as extremely/very serious.
  • 80% agree that getting rid of alcohol rules, regulations and safeguards could make the problem worse as parents, police officers and retailers already have a difficult challenge keeping alcohol out of the hands of minors.
  • Health and safety issues are much higher priority than economic issues when it comes to crafting alcohol regulation. Americans agree the following health and safety issues are the top priority: reducing drunk driving (77%), protecting health and safety (70%) and reducing underage drinking (62%), over economic issues such as allowing more businesses to sell alcohol (19%), lowering prices for alcohol (22%) or giving consumers more choices (28%).

Americans are satisfied with the existing system and are very happy with the variety of alcohol options currently available to them.

  • 81% of Americans are in support of the existing system for purchasing alcohol in their state and support the state’s ability to regulate alcohol.
  • The vast majority of Americans do not believe the regulations are too restrictive. 72% believe that the regulations are too lenient or about right.
  • 81% expressed support for the regulations requiring producers of alcohol to sell product to independent distributors who in turn sell to individual retailers (commonly referred to as the three-tier system).
  • 90% of adults agree that it is easy to find a wide variety of beer, wine and liquor in their community.
  • 79% agree that there are more local and craft beers and liquor available in their community today than ever before.

The national survey of 1,000 adults at and over the age of 21 was conducted using an online methodology by Public Opinion Strategies, on behalf of the Center for Alcohol Policy on July 20 and 24-27, 2017.  The confidence interval is ± 3.5%.

 

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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.

View the key findings from the Alcohol Policy Survey.

Fears of Tainted Alcohol at Mexican Resorts Underscore Need for Effective Alcohol Regulation

July 26th 2017, 10:01am

Center for Alcohol Policy Study Explains How Regulations Prevent Counterfeit Alcohol in the U.S.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Recent news reports indicate that several tourists and families traveling to all-inclusive resorts in Mexico suspect they were given tainted alcohol, which in some cases resulted in death. The reports underscore a stark contrast between alcohol regulation in Mexico and the United States, where state-based alcohol regulation and a three-tiered system of distribution provides a clear chain of custody and guards against tainted alcohol products reaching consumers.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel pointed to a 2015 report from Mexico’s Tax Administration Service, which found that 43 percent of all the alcohol consumed in the nation is illegal, produced under unregulated circumstances resulting in potentially dangerous concoctions. The paper reported, “The national health authority in Mexico has seized more than 1.4 million gallons of adulterated alcohol since 2010 — not just from small local establishments, but from hotels and other entertainment areas, according to a 2017 report by the country’s Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks.”

A report by former Chief Counsel for the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Robert M. Tobiassen, “The ‘Fake Alcohol’ Situation in the United States: The Impact of Culture, Market Economics, and the Current Regulatory Systems,” explains why there are few incidents of fake alcohol products in the United States. The study describes “strong regulatory systems that police the production, importation, distribution and retail sales of alcohol beverages through independent parties” and the country’s “competitive marketplace that provides alcohol beverages at all price points.”

Center for Alcohol Policy Executive Director Michael Lashbrook said, “The state-based system of alcohol regulation implement in the United States following passage of the 21st Amendment has been extremely effective at supporting a competitive marketplace while at the same time promoting public safety. America does not experience large problems with bootlegging, counterfeit products or a black market, which were common during national Prohibition and have proven deadly in other parts of the world that lack an effective regulatory system for alcohol.”

Visit the Center for Alcohol Policy website to read the full report on counterfeit alcohol and watch a video about the origin of America’s state-based alcohol regulatory system.

A wide range of experts will come together to discuss current alcohol laws and challenges at the Center for Alcohol Policy’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, taking place September 6-8, 2017, in Chicago.

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The Center for Alcohol Policy is a 501 (c)(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.

Deadline Approaches for Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award

July 13th 2017, 2:09pm

Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award LogoALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy is accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award until July 21, 2017. The award will be presented at the Center’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, September 6 – 8 at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

The award recognizes the work of alcohol regulators who oversee the alcohol industry and promote public safety. Any governmental agency or its employees working to promote and enforce alcohol laws and regulations are eligible for the award. A specific program that has achieved positive results or an individual within an agency going above and beyond the call of duty are examples of potential nominees.

“The Center for Alcohol Policy appreciates that alcohol regulators are on the front lines of many initiatives in the states aimed at keeping the alcohol industry properly regulated, promoting public health and safety and supporting a competitive business marketplace,” said Jerry Oliver, a Center Advisory Council member who has served as alcohol regulator in Arizona and as police chief in Pasadena, Richmond and Detroit. “This award highlights effective best practices that may serve as examples to alcohol regulators in other states.”

Nominations should provide information on how the nominee serves as an example to others in alcohol regulation. Consideration will be given to how the actions of this nominee are helpful to other agencies or employees, achieve desired results and engage or impact a broad coalition of stakeholders. Self-nominations are permitted, and letters of support are encouraged.

HOW TO NOMINATE: Nomination forms may be emailed to awards@centerforalcoholpolicy.org or mailed to: Center for Alcohol Policy, Attn: Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award; 1101 King St., Suite 600-A; Alexandria, VA 22314.

DEADLINE: The deadline for nominations is July 21, 2017, 5:30 p.m. EDT. Nominations postmarked/emailed after this deadline will not be considered.

AWARD: The Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award recipient will be honored during the Center’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The award recipient also may be eligible to receive complimentary registration and a speaking opportunity at a future Alcohol Law and Policy Conference.

For more information, please call (703) 519-3090 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.

Center for Alcohol Policy Announces 10th Annual Essay Contest

June 20th 2017, 11:54am

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 10th Annual National Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

The Supreme Court has recognized “temperance” as a permissible goal of state alcohol regulation. Define temperance as it would apply in today’s alcohol marketplace. Is it still relevant today? Should temperance still be recognized as a permissible goal of alcohol regulation?

“The Center Essay Contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation and its implications for citizens across the United States,” said Brannon Denning, Center for Alcohol Policy advisor and Samford University Cumberland School of Law professor.

“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,” Denning continued. “This essay contest offers the opportunity to continue the examination of how alcohol regulations remain relevant today.”

WHO CAN ENTER: The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2017. 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 1, 2017. Winners will be announced in early 2018.

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.

10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Education Sessions Announced

June 15th 2017, 3:33pm

ALEXANDRIA Va. – The Center for Alcohol Policy’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held September 6-8, 2017, at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, will feature educational sessions addressing a variety of current alcohol policy issues. The sessions will be led by a wide range of experts, including legislators, educators, regulators, public health advocates and industry officials.

In addition to keynote remarks by Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt, this year’s educational sessions will include:

  • The Future of Impaired Driving Countermeasures
  • Alcohol Laws and the Courts: Trends and Arguments
  • Marijuana Policy in 2017
  • Health Consciousness Drives New Approaches to Alcohol Harm Reduction
  • MegaBrew – Two Years Later
  • Alcohol Regulation Debates in the States
  • Outlet Density – Striking the Right Balance
  • Liquor Law Enforcement – Best Practices From Around the Country

Consult the conference brochure for full session details. Additional sessions or updates will be posted to www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org.

To register online, visit www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org/law. Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registrations rates. Be sure to register before September 1 to take advantage of early bird registration rates.

For hotel reservations at the Hyatt Centric Chicago Magnificent Mile, book online or call 1-888-591-1234 and indicate that you are attending the Center for Alcohol Policy’s Alcohol Law and Policy Conference. Book by August 16 to secure the negotiated single/double group rate of $199 per night plus tax. Once the room block is sold, rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed.

The Center for Alcohol Policy is seeking appropriate CLE accreditation for the 2017 Alcohol Law and Policy Conference. An updated list of states offering accreditation for the 2017 conference will be posted to www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org. In 2016, every attendee was able to secure CLE credits, and more than 35 states approved CLE accreditation for participants. Certain states do not have mandatory CLE requirements.

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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.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt to Deliver Keynote Address at Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

May 8th 2017, 9:13am

ALEXANDRIA, Va. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will deliver the keynote address at the Center for Alcohol Policy’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference on September 6 – 8, 2017, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

This annual event brings together a wide range of experts in the field of alcohol law – including state regulators, attorneys general, legislators, public health leaders, educators and industry officials – to discuss current alcohol laws and policies.

Schmidt was first elected as the 44th attorney general of Kansas in 2010 and was re-elected to a second term in 2014. Prior to his service as attorney general, Schmidt served as a Kansas state senator representing part of Southeast Kansas, as chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as the Senate majority leader. He also previously served as counsel to Kansas Governor Bill Graves, legislative assistant to Senator Nancy Landon Kassebaum and as an assistant attorney general for consumer protection.

Schmidt also serves in several leadership positions with the National Association of Attorneys General – including president-elect and member of the board of directors.

Attorney General Schmidt will discuss the role state attorneys general play in policy debates about alcohol; a state’s role under the 21st Amendment; his past experiences as a Kansas state senator; and his continuing efforts to fight underage drinking.

In addition to the keynote address, the Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will offer a variety of sessions addressing current topics in alcohol law and policy with expert presenters and panelists.

Government and non-profit employees receive special discounted registration rates. Take advantage of early bird registration rates by registering before September 1.

For hotel reservations at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile, book online or call 1-888-591-1234 and indicate that you are attending the Center for Alcohol Policy’s Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to secure the negotiated single/double group rate of $199 per night plus tax.

Be sure to make your room reservation before the group cut-off date of August 16.

The Center works with state continuing legal education (CLE) boards to provide attending attorneys with CLE credits. In 2016, more than 31 states approved CLE accreditation for participants. Certain states do not have mandatory CLE requirements.

More details about the 2017 Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be posted on the Center’s website, as they become available.

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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.

Alcohol Policy Forum Examines Benefits of Current Alcohol Regulations

April 17th 2017, 4:57pm

New Video Highlights Policy Discussion Including Wide Range of Experts

ALEXANDRIA, VA – The Center for Alcohol Policy has unveiled a new video highlighting discussion and debate during the Pennsylvania Alcohol Policy Forum, held on March 22. The event, which took place in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, brought together more than 70 alcohol regulators, state lawmakers, legislative staff, public health representatives and industry members.

Panel discussions focused on how alcohol regulations work to foster public health and safety as well as why a level playing field is essential for an orderly and competitive marketplace. The current economic impact of the alcohol industry on the commonwealth of Pennsylvania also was addressed, as well as the history of the commonwealth’s alcohol control policies.

“I think that education is the key… to maintaining the integrity of the alcoholic beverage industry in America going forward,” said Jessica Starns, former executive counsel for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and alcohol law attorney. Starns served as a panelist at the Pennsylvania Alcohol Policy Forum in the session, “Threats to State-based Alcohol Regulation.”

Starns also discussed her new report, “The Dangers of Common Ownership in an Uncommon Industry: Alcohol Policy in America and the Timeless Relevance of Tied-House Restrictions,” which examines the history and purpose of tied-house prohibitions found in federal and state alcohol laws. Additionally, the report explains how these prohibitions are as relevant today as when enacted following the repeal of Prohibition.

Neal Insley, senior vice president and general counsel at the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, spoke on a panel that explored the rationale for the industry’s modern-day system of state-based alcohol regulation, focusing on Pennsylvania’s control model and three-tier system. The history of alcohol control policies and the public health and economic benefits seen today in the commonwealth also were discussed.

“Now, I have a challenge for you,” Insley said to the audience. “Next time you go shopping, try to find a craft candy bar or craft soda – you just won’t find them. Now, try to find a craft alcohol beverage, and I bet you will have much more success. That is because of the unique alcohol regulatory laws’ ability to foster competition and support a level playing field.”

A panel discussing trade practice regulations delved into the purpose and benefits of the regulations and detailed those present in the commonwealth. Threats to state-based alcohol regulation also were discussed at the forum by looking at recent developments, legal questions and the possible economic impacts of changing the current regulatory system.

The Center for Alcohol Policy regularly hosts conferences that bring together a wide range of experts in the field of alcohol law. The Center will host its 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference September 6 – 8, 2017, in Chicago. Each year, the event includes attorneys, alcohol regulators, academic leaders, public health advocates and other experts who discuss and debate current alcohol laws and challenges. Additional details are available on the Center’s website.

 

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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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