Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Anniversary of 21st Amendment

US-ConstitutionOn December 5, the Center for Alcohol Policy commemorated the 83rd anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution. On that date in 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States when 36 states (the requisite three-fourths majority of the then 48 states) ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment which began Prohibition in 1920.

For more than 80 years, the United States and its citizens have benefited from a state-based system of alcohol regulation, established following ratification of the 21st Amendment, which gives each state the primary authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws consistent with the desires and needs of its citizens.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Highlights Educational Resources for Constitution Day

US-ConstitutionThis Constitution Day, celebrated annually on September 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 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.

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Enforcement Emphasized at National Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

Enforcement of alcohol regulations and policies was a recurring theme during the Center for Alcohol Policy’s Ninth Annual Law and Policy Conference held at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel August 28 – 30 in Dallas, Texas. The conference brought together a diverse group of state and federal alcohol regulators, law enforcement, legislators, public health advocates and alcohol beverage industry representatives to review trends in the field of alcohol regulation and learn from best practices around the country.

Jim Hall, Center for Alcohol Policy advisor and former National Transportation Safety Board chairman, welcomed attendees and summarized the objectives of the conference saying, “Look around the room. There are regulators, legislators, federal health officials, public health interest groups, trade groups, law enforcement and industry members. We may not always agree on policy, but the fact that we are all under one roof having a civil debate is an accomplishment not only for the Center for Alcohol Policy but also for your leadership in your respective fields.”

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Center for Alcohol Policy Presents National Award to Texas Regulator

Center for Alcohol Policy Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award Recipient Sherry CookThe Center for Alcohol Policy presented Sherry Cook, executive director of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), with the Fourth 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 Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference in Dallas, Texas.

“The Center for Alcohol Policy appreciates that alcohol regulators are 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.”

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New Speakers Added for Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

2015 Alcohol Law and Policy Conference SpeakersThe Center for Alcohol Policy’s Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held August 28 – 30, 2016, at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, 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, policymakers and industry officials.

Presenters at this year’s conference will include:

  • Tom Coderre, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • William Earle, National Association of Beverage Importers
  • Pam Erickson, Public Action Management, PLC
  • Pat Gagliardi, Gagliardi Associates
  • Jacob Hegeman, Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America
  • Charles Hildebrandt, Roberts Law Group
  • Paul Kaspszak, Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association
  • Anthony Kogut, Willingham & Coté, P.C.
  • Michael Madigan, Madigan, Dahl & Harlan, P.A.
  • Spencer Nevins, Michigan Beer & Wine Wholesalers Association
  • John Patrick, Maine State Senator
  • Floyd Prozanski, Oregon State Senator
  • Lawrence Sanborn, Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages & Lottery Operations
  • Keith Strama, Beatty, Bangle, Strama, P.C.
  • Jesse Sweet, Oregon Liquor Control Commission
  • Robert Tobiassen, Former General Counsel, U.S. Alcohol Tax and Trade Bureau
  • Adam Vanek, Mothers Against Drunk Driving
  • Robert Vincent, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Shawn Walker, Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

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Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Announces Education Session Topics

2015 Alcohol Law and Policy ConferenceThe Center for Alcohol Policy’s Ninth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference to be held August 28 – 30, 2016, at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel in Dallas, Texas, 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 Announces Ninth Annual Essay Contest

Center-Essay-Contest-Flyer-2016The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its Ninth Annual Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

The 21st Amendment repealed Prohibition and put control over alcohol regulation directly in the hands of the states. Though each state’s alcohol control policies are unique, they all include distinct regulations for different types of alcohol. Why are various types of alcohol regulated in different ways? Should they be?

“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 Center for Alcohol Policy 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.”

The contest is open to all persons who are over the age of 18 as of December 2016. Students, academics, practicing attorneys, policymakers and members of the general public are encouraged to submit essays. The deadline for entries is December 2, 2016.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Alcohol Awareness Month

This April, the Center for Alcohol Policy joins organizations across the country in recognizing Alcohol Awareness Month, a nationwide campaign to raise awareness of the problems that alcohol abuse can cause for individuals, their families and their communities.

“Alcohol Awareness Month is a great opportunity to educate policymakers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and its regulation – which aligns perfectly with the mission of the Center for Alcohol Policy,” said Jim Hall, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board and current member of the Center’s Advisory Council.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Announces Winner of Eighth Annual Essay Contest

Roni EliasThe Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce that Roni Elias, a recent graduate of Florida A&M University College of Law, is the winner of its Eighth Annual Essay Contest. The national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation.

“This year’s essay gave participants from across the country the opportunity to examine the impact of the 2005 Granholm decision on today’s state-based alcohol system,” said Brannon Denning, a member of the Center’s Advisory Council and associate dean and professor of law at Samford University Cumberland School of Law.

Elias’ winning essay, “Three Cheers for Three Tiers: Why the Three-Tier System Maintains Its Legal Validity and Social Benefits After Granholm,” outlines the regulatory and economic advantages of the three-tier system and how threats to the system could erode those benefits that suppliers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers receive.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Marks Anniversary of 21st Amendment

US-ConstitutionOn Saturday, December 5, the Center for Alcohol Policy will commemorate the 82nd anniversary of the ratification of the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution. On that date in 1933, Prohibition ended in the United States when 36 states (the requisite three-fourths majority of the then 48 states) ratified the 21st Amendment to the United States Constitution, thereby repealing the 18th Amendment which began Prohibition in 1920.

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