CHICAGO, IL – The Fourth Annual Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) Alcohol Law Symposium concluded after two days filled with experts, scholars and insiders who shared experiences, opinions and insights into today’s alcohol policy issues. It was held at The Hyatt Regency in Chicago.
The Symposium kicked off with remarks by CAP Advisory Council member and former Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch. “This gathering is a key opportunity for 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,” said Lynch.
Washington Attorney General and National Association of Attorneys General President Rob McKenna delivered a keynote address on the role state attorneys general (AGs) play in regulatory, law enforcement and public health functions. He addressed the “unprecedented levels of youth exposure to alcohol marketing,” especially in today’s age of digital and social media. He referenced studies that show exposure of young people to alcohol marketing can speed up the onset of drinking and increase the amount consumed by those already drinking.
“AGs have an obligation to protect our youngest citizens – as well as responsible businesses – from potentially-unfair marketing practices by some in the industry who place short term profits and market share over the lives of our young people and public health,” explained McKenna. “That’s why AGs want to ensure a fair and level playing field for companies to compete.”
State alcohol regulators, law enforcement, a professor of alcoholic beverage law, public health advocates and alcohol law attorneys spoke on panels about topics including:
· The Timeless Importance of Toward Liquor Control
· Who are the Stakeholders in Alcohol Regulation?
· Age Verification and Alcohol
· Privatization of Alcohol Systems
· Law Enforcement’s Role in Alcohol Regulation
· Supreme Court and 21st Amendment Roundup
· Controversial Alcoholic Products
· Hot Topics in Alcohol Regulation
· Franchise Law Policy and Developments
More details can be found at www.centerforalcoholpolicy.org