Big Alcohol Tearing Down California's Alcohol Regulations
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6, 2013
Alcohol Justice Reports Legislature Succumbs Again to Alcohol Lobby
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alcohol Justice
released a new report today illustrating the effectiveness of Big Alcohol
lobbying on California state government at the end of the 2011-2012
"Our legislature continues to pander to the well-healed interests of Big
Alcohol at the public's expense," stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive
Director/CEO of Alcohol Justice. "What they conveniently failed to see in 2012
is that incremental alcohol deregulation increases alcohol-related harm and
cost in the state."
Alcohol Justice has estimated that $9 billion of the state's $38.4 billion in
annual alcohol-related harm is paid for by taxpayers. The incremental and
systematic weakening of regulations that limit access, availability, and
exposure to alcoholic beverages undermines public health and safety and drives
up the social and government costs. California's harmful alcohol legislation
can be grouped into two general categories: (1) bills that erode the
regulatory tiers, and (2) bills that expand access to alcoholic beverages and
exposure to advertising and marketing.
Industry-sponsored bills with negative implications for public health and
safety passed and signed into law during the California 2011-2012 session
AB 573 – Chesbro (D-Mendocino) – Loosens up wine sales by allowing wholesalers
to bring poorly selling wine back into the state.
SB 778 – Padilla (D-San Fernando Valley) – Allows alcohol producers and
suppliers, with enticements to nonprofits, to conduct prize sweepstakes.
Sponsored by the Wine Institute to promote brand awareness, with enticements
SB 1531 – Wolk (D-Vacaville) – Proliferates alcohol licenses by changing how
they are counted.
AB 1320 – Allen (D-Napa) – Allows California ABC to increase number of on-sale
AB 2184 – Hall (D-Compton) – Allows for an "employee" (AKA celebrity sponsor)
to appear at a promotional event as a licensee and sign autographs.
AB 2349 – Nestande (R-Riverside) – Extends the power of Big Alcohol to the
retail level, by allowing for producers and wholesalers to advertise certain
retailers. This is a removal of tied house restrictions.
The biggest beneficiaries of the passage of these bills are the world's three
biggest alcohol producers – Anheuser-Busch InBev, MillerCoors, and Diageo –
all based outside the U.S.
"State by state, one legislative session after the next, Big Alcohol
systematically chips away at the regulatory structures," stated report
co-author Sarah Mart, Director of Research at Alcohol Justice. "While any
single policy victory for the industry may appear small in a given year, those
victories snowball over time. They ultimately sustain an environment where
ever-increasing alcohol sales and industry consolidation are allowed at public
To read the complete report, go to AlcoholJustice.org
Contact: Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336
SOURCE Alcohol Justice
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