National experts to discuss alcohol regulation and safety at Thursday forum in Lansing

LANSING — National experts will discuss important alcohol regulation and safety trends affecting Michigan at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Lansing on Thursday morning.

In addition to exploring alcohol regulation and safety trends, the panel of national experts will provide a global perspective on alcohol regulation, discussing factors that influence alcohol laws such as religion, ethnicity, climate and history. The panel will consider the history of America’s experience with alcohol and discuss what current polling says about the public’s present day views on alcohol regulation.

The event is free and open to the public. Attendees should register at Breakfast and registration begin at 7:30 a.m., with the program starting at 8 a.m.

The panel discussion, entitled “What’s Happening in the World of Alcohol Regulation,” is the third and final session in the Center for Alcohol Policy’s 2012 Michigan Policy Forum Series. Session One, “The Economic Impact of the Alcohol Industry in Michigan,” provided an overview of the alcohol industry in Michigan along with the impact of regulation. Session Two, “Public Safety and Law Enforcement in Alcohol Regulation,” explored the important relationship between alcohol regulation and alcohol law enforcement.


“What’s Happening in the World of Alcohol Regulation,” the third and final session in the Center for Alcohol Policy’s 2012 Michigan Policy Forum Series


  • Andrew Deloney, chairman of the Michigan Liquor Control Commission
  • Brannon Denning, Center for Alcohol Policy Advisory Council member and professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law
  • Pamela Erickson, CEO of Public Action Management PLC and former executive director of Oregon Liquor Control
  • Howard Goldberg of Willingham & Cote P.C. in East Lansing
  • Steven Schmidt, senior vice president of public policy and communications at the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association


  • Thursday, May 3, 2012
    • 7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast/Registration
    • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
    • 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Panel Discussion


  • The Radisson Hotel, 111 N. Grand Ave. in Lansing



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 or follow the Center on Twitter at


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