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Challenges to State-based Alcohol Regulation Focus of First Day of Center for Alcohol Policy Alcohol Law Symposium

October 20, 2009


CHICAGO, IL – Today the Second Annual Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Alcohol Law Symposium kicked off its first full day at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. 
 
Attendees were welcomed with remarks by CAP Advisory Council Chair and former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro.  “A state’s ability to regulate alcohol is being challenged in several states, so this gathering is a good opportunity for regulators, public health advocates, elected leaders and industry insiders to come together to share insight and ideas,” said Petro.
 
The day continued with insightful panels by current and former alcohol regulators, prominent alcohol law attorneys, a professor of alcoholic beverage law and public health advocates.  The panel sessions focused on the following topics:
 
·         Liquor Liability Laws: Pros, Cons and Recent Developments

·         Public Health Aspects of Alcohol Regulation

·         Supplier Contracts: Implications for State Alcohol Laws

·         What is the Fosdick and Scott Report and Why is it Important?

·         Defending State Liquor Laws Under the 21st Amendment: A State Perspective

·         Trade Practice Laws: A State and Federal Perspective

Nebraska Attorney General and National Association of Attorneys General President Jon Bruning delivered a keynote address on the role of the attorney general in upholding state-based alcohol regulation under the 21st Amendment.  “I applaud the Center for Alcohol Policy for bringing divergent parties such as industry insiders, public health regulators and attorney generals to discuss issues of alcohol policy,” said Bruning.

The Second Annual CAP Alcohol Law Symposium continues Tuesday, October 20.  More details on speakers, education session topics and the full Symposium agenda can be found at www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org.


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