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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New Report: Alcohol Industry Regulations Prevent Vertical Integration, Foster Competition and Protect Public Health

The Dangers of Common Ownership in an Uncommon IndustryA new report released by the Center for Alcohol Policy examines the history and purpose of tied-house prohibitions found in federal and state alcohol laws and explains how these prohibitions are as relevant today as when enacted following the repeal of Prohibition.

The report, “The Dangers of Common Ownership in an Uncommon Industry: Alcohol Policy in America and the Timeless Relevance of Tied-House Restrictions,” was authored by former executive counsel for the Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control and alcohol law attorney Jessica C. Starns.

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Nominations Open for Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award

Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award LogoThe Center for Alcohol Policy is now accepting nominations for the Fifth Annual Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award to be presented at the Center’s 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. Nominations should provide information on how the nominee serves as an example to others in alcohol regulation.

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Essay on Sound Alcohol Beverage Control Policies Wins First Place in Center for Alcohol Policy’s Ninth Annual Essay Contest

Anna BrawleyThe Center for Alcohol Policy announced that Anna Brawley, a senior associate at Agnew::Beck Consulting, is the winner of its Ninth Annual Essay Contest. The national essay contest is intended to foster debate, analysis and examination of state alcohol regulation.

Brawley’s winning essay, “Deconstructing the Drink Menu: A History of Alcoholic Beverages and Proposed Policy Framework,” outlines what is and should be considered when developing sound alcohol beverage control policies.

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10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference: September 6-8 in Chicago

The Center for Alcohol Policy’s 10th Annual Alcohol Law and Policy Conference will be held September 6 – 8, 2017, at the Hyatt Chicago Magnificent Mile. Stay tuned for online registration coming soon.

Alcohol Law and Policy Conference 2017 Save the Date

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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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