Center for Alcohol Policy Honors Montana Liquor Education Unit With Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award

Montana_Liquor_Education_Unit_Award_RecipientsThe Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is pleased to announce that the Montana Department of Revenue’s Liquor Education Unit is the recipient of the Third 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 September 10 by the CAP Advisory Council at the Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference, which took place at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois.

Accepting the award were Montana Liquor Education Unit employees Kacey Collins and Lisa Scates.

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Alcohol Law and Policy Conference Examines Current Alcohol Regulatory Environment

2015CLEJimWelcomeThe Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Eighth Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference began September 10 at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile in Chicago, Illinois, with a welcome by CAP Advisory Council member and former National Traffic Safety Board Chairman James Hall.

Hall noted that the conference is a key opportunity for a diverse group of state and federal alcohol regulators, law enforcement, legislators, public health advocates, members of the alcohol beverage industry and others interested in alcohol policy issues to come together to learn and share ideas.

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National Survey Finds Americans Overwhelmingly Support the Current System of Alcohol Laws and Regulations

people-at-barAccording to a bipartisan national poll commissioned by the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP), the American public overwhelmingly supports the current system of alcohol regulation in the U.S. Additionally, the current regulatory system for alcohol is viewed by Americans as necessary to keeping the public safe.

“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. “Additionally, this national survey shows that consumers are highly satisfied with the choice and variety available to them in the American marketplace.”

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Center for Alcohol Policy Applauds State of Missouri for Recognizing Importance of Effective State Alcohol Regulation and Enforcement

regualtion edited 2This week, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon signed legislation into law creating the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Fund. The fund will support enforcement of liquor and tobacco laws and will be supported by fees from liquor licenses and permits. Specifically, 70 percent of the fees collected for liquor licenses and permits are directed to the fund, which may be used only by the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control for the administration and enforcement of the liquor control laws and other laws prohibiting the sale of tobacco to minors.

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Center for Alcohol Policy Names Mike Lashbrook as Executive Director

Lashbrook editedThe Center for Alcohol Policy announced today that Mike Lashbrook, former president of the Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers Association (MB&WWA), has been named executive director for the Center.

Lashbrook brings to the Center more than two decades of experience in public policy and the alcohol industry. At MB&WWA, he served as the chief executive responsible for the oversight of all operations, governance and activities of the association and its subsidiaries. He was the chief spokesperson before government, the media and the public. Lashbrook joined the association as its president in 1989, serving in that post for 26 years. During that time, Lashbrook served as chair of the Wholesale Beer Association Executives and of the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America Inc. Advisory Council. He was inducted into the Michigan Society of Association Executives Association Hall of Fame in 2014.

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New Guide Explains Basics of Alcohol Beverage Control

Alcohol_Beverage_Control_Basics_Cover_ThumbnailFormer alcohol regulator 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.”

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.”

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Michigan Resident Wins First Place in Center for Alcohol Policy’s Seventh Annual Essay Contest

Tim Cuffman thumbnailThe Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) is pleased to announce that Timothy Cuffman, an accountability analyst for National Heritage Academies in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is the winner of its Seventh Annual Essay Contest. The CAP national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation.

The topic of the 2014 contest was: “As states contemplate the legalization of prohibited products, like marijuana, what are some lessons policymakers and regulators can learn from the movement to end alcohol Prohibition in the 1930s?”

Cuffman’s winning essay, “The Twenty-first Amendment in the Twenty-first Century: Lessons for Cannabis Reform,” outlines the legal, social and geopolitical differences between national alcohol Prohibition and the present prohibition of cannabis. He explains, “While national alcohol Prohibition in the United States was a function of a constitutional amendment (with the corresponding Volstead Act that governed enforcement), the national prohibition of cannabis is simply a function of federal law (while many states have parallel state regulations). Consequently, the method of repeal is different in each case.”

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The “Fake Alcohol” Situation in the United States: The Impact of Culture, Market Economics and the Current Regulatory Systems

Former Chief Counsel for the United States Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Robert M. Tobiassen released a new report, “The ‘Fake Alcohol’ Situation in the United States: The Impact of Culture, Market Economics, and the Current Regulatory Systems,” at the Center for Alcohol Policy Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

As part of a panel on “Counterfeit Alcohol: A Global vs. United States Perspective,” Tobiassen described the study’s analysis of “the numerous incidents of fake alcohol products in countries around the world that are routinely reported in the news media, government announcements, social media, and medical and scientific literature with the resulting deaths, social unrest, and marketplace disruptions, among other adverse outcomes.” In contrast, the study documents few such incidents reported in the United States. Read more…

Center for Alcohol Policy Honors Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award Recipient

Keith_BurtThe Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) honored Oklahoma Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Director A. Keith Burt with the Second Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award, which recognizes the work of alcohol regulators who oversee the alcohol industry and promote public safety.  The award was presented by CAP Advisory Council member and former Arizona alcohol regulator Jerry Oliver at the Seventh Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference.

“Keith Burt‘s tireless energy, creativity and dedication to community outreach makes him stand out from the pack,” Oliver said. “He is possibly the longest serving state alcohol regulator in the country, having started at the ABLE Commission as an accountant in 1980, yet he humbly works every day to advance the interest of Oklahomans. He has risen through the ranks to become director and always celebrates the work of the staff at the ABLE Commission. He has been a driving force in the 2Much2Lose (2M2L) efforts to prevent underage sales in Oklahoma.” Read more…

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, State Alcohol Regulators Address Alcohol Law and Policy Conference

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The Seventh Annual Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Alcohol Law and Policy Conference kicked off September 4 in Chicago, Illinois. The conference is a key opportunity for a diverse group of state alcohol regulators, public health advocates, members of the alcohol beverage industry and others interested in alcohol policy issues to come together to learn and share ideas.

Mississippi Attorney General and National Association of Attorneys General President Jim Hood delivered a keynote address on the role state attorneys general play in defending state regulations, including alcohol policies, and efforts to prevent underage drinking. Read more…


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