Washington, DC – Leading beverage alcohol legal expert Marc Sorini sent a letter July 1 to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. John Conyers, Jr., dispelling misperceptions regarding the wholesaler-crafted bill H.R. 5034, according to the Distilled Spirits Council.
Sorini’s legal analysis was in response to a June 29 letter sent to Chairman Conyers from some activist groups calling for the passage of H.R. 5034 under the premise that it would protect youth from alcohol.
“Based on Marc Sorini’s expert analysis, it’s obvious that these organizations were sadly misled into signing that letter by wholesaler representatives,” said Frank Coleman, Senior Vice President for the Distilled Spirits Council. “This bill has nothing to do with protecting children or public safety. This is thinly veiled economic protectionism for wholesalers.”
Sorini, a partner at McDermott Will & Emery, outlined the obvious flaws in the activists’ rationale and concluded their letter, “clearly indicates that the civil rights organizations were misled…In reality, H.R. 5034 is a vehicle to provide protection for powerful economic interest in the ‘wholesaler-tier’ of the industry. The bill is not needed to better address underage drinking, drunk driving, or other problems that rightly concern civil rights organizations.”
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