Alabama Alcohol Regulator Receives 2020 Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award

The Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce that Summer Childers, Director of the Licensing and Compliance Division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, is the recipient of the Eighth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award. 

9/23/2020

13th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Virtual Series Update

If you are attending our Alcohol Law and Policy Conference series over the month of September, we have created a page on our website that will house all program and session materials for the conference and much more. To gain access, you must register. Upon registering, you will receive the password to view the page. Some materials are still outstanding and will be uploaded as received throughout the month. You can still register for the conference here.

Alcohol Law and Policy Conference goes virtual for 2020!

We’re pleased to announce our 13th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will move virtual for 2020. The conference will have a series of seminars scheduled to take place virtually over the course of four consecutive Wednesdays in the month of September.

In an effort to accommodate varied schedules and time zones, all sessions will be made available on-demand to conference registrants after the live seminars conclude; however, we encourage you to join live to participate in the Q&A portion of all sessions. 

Center for Alcohol Policy Announces 13th Annual Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 13th Annual Essay Contest. This national academic event is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation in the 21st Century.

6/17/2020

Center releases new paper addressing Covid-19, recent alcohol de-regulations

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Today the Center for Alcohol Policy released a report confronting the wave of alcohol de-regulations around the country as a result of the Covid-19 public health emergency. 

6/9/2020

Center for Alcohol Policy Names Kelly Roberson Executive Director

The Center for Alcohol Policy recently appointed Kelly Roberson as its new executive director. Previously working on Capitol Hill and in the private sector, Roberson brings extensive knowledge and experience in policy and marketing.

6/8/2020

Nominations Open for Eighth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award

Nominations are open for the Center for Alcohol Policy’s Eighth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award to be presented at the Center’s 13th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, August 30 – September 1 at the Hyatt Centric Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Ill. More information can be found here.

5/6/2020

Center for Alcohol Policy Statement on Sixth Circuit Ruling on Lebamoff v. Michigan

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Today the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled for the state of Michigan and reversed a district court decision that struck a law preventing out-of-state retailers from selling to Michigan consumers. An Indiana retailer seeking to sell wine to Michigan consumers claimed that the Michigan law is a violation of the dormant Commerce Clause. However, Michigan retailers are required to follow the state of Michigan’s alcohol laws, but Indiana retailers are not. The Center for Alcohol Policy filed an amicus brief in favor of the state of Michigan.

Today, Center for Alcohol Policy Advisor and former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch released a statement on the ruling. You can view it here.

4/21/2020

Registration Open for 2020 Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Virtual Series

Registration is open for the Center for Alcohol Policy’s 13th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Virtual Series! We’re doing things a little differently this year and hope you’ll be able to join us online.

Click here for more details!

3/9/2020

Loosening of State Regulations, Direct-to-Consumer Sales Increase Counterfeit Alcohol Risks

Today the Center for Alcohol Policy released its newest report on the need for states to evaluate the risks of fake alcohol stemming from online or interstate direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales in the United States.

3/4/2020

Loyola University Chicago Law Student Wins First Place in Center for Alcohol Policy National Essay Contest

The Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce that Travis Thickstun, a first year J.D. candidate at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, has been named the winner of its Twelfth Annual Essay Contest. Thickstun also works for the Indiana Excise Police and holds a Master of Jurisprudence from Indiana University McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.

Timothy Gervais, a tax accountant from California, and Adrienne Southworth, the former deputy chief of staff for a Lt. Governor, received second and third place.

3/2/2020

Floridians Show Strong Support for State Regulation of Alcohol

(TALLAHASSEE, Fl.) – A new poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy on public opinion toward alcohol regulation found that Floridians are overwhelmingly supportive of the state regulation of alcohol with 91% in agreement that it is very important to keep the alcohol industry regulated. This support is roughly 5% higher than what was found in a national poll on the same topic.

2/21/2020

Center for Alcohol Policy Celebrates 86th Anniversary of the 21st Amendment

On this day in 1933, the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, laying down the foundation for today’s state-based alcohol regulatory system.

12/5/2019

Center Holds 12th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference with Record Breaking Attendance

A Message from the Center’s Executive Director

9/17/2019

The Center Co-hosts Arizona Alcohol Policy Forum Examining State-Based Alcohol Regulation, E-Commerce, Public Health and Safety

The Center held its 7th State Alcohol Policy Forum on Friday, September 6 in Scottsdale, Arizona in coordination with the Beverage Alcohol Community Information Council (BACIC)Click here to read more…

Kansas Alcohol Regulator Receives National Award at Center for Alcohol Policy Conference

The Center for Alcohol Policy is pleased to announce that Debbi Beavers, Director of the Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control, is the recipient of the Seventh Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award.

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2019 Annual Essay Contest Topic Announced

The Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting entries for its 12th Annual National Essay Contest. The topic for this year’s contest is:

During the United States Supreme Court 2019 term, the Court announced in June its decision in Tennessee Wine and Spirits Retailers Association v. Thomas. Based on the Court’s decision, what do you believe will be the next steps for alcohol policy in the United States?

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Celebrating a Decade of Essays! Free E-book Collection Now Available.

The Center for Alcohol Policy is celebrating 10 years of its annual essay contest that explores alcohol regulation in the 21st century.  Each year, students and professionals are encouraged to participate in this significant effort to bring attention to state alcohol regulation, its complexities and many successes.

The Center has comprised a collection of these essays written by the its previous 1st place recipients from 2008 – 2018, which you can download for free here.

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National Poll Shows Support for State Regulation of Alcohol Bridges Partisan Gap

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A new poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy on public opinion toward alcohol regulation found that Americans continue to overwhelmingly support states maintaining the authority to regulate alcohol within their own borders.  Notably, this support is remarkably strong across political party lines despite the heightened political polarization of today.  85 percent of Republicans, 81 percent of Democrats and 83 percent of Independents express support for alcohol being regulated at the state level. Read more…

National Poll Finds Strong Support for State Residency Laws Amid Pending Supreme Court Case Re: Alcohol Regulation

ALEXANDRIA, Va. –  According to a  national survey commissioned every two years by the Center for Alcohol Policy, an overwhelming majority of the public supports requiring alcohol retailers to be a resident of their respective state. This is the first time that the Center has tested public support for residency requirements in order to obtain a license to sell alcohol and found that fully 77% of Americans favor these laws.

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