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Oregon Privatization Ballot Initiatives Dropped

Oregon State Liquor Store
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After failing to convince the Oregon Legislature to take up their cause, liquor privatization proponents dropped two November ballot initiatives to dismantle the state monopoly and allow grocery stores to sell liquor. Oregonians did not show much support for privatization thus far, despite the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and grocery chains Safeway and Fred Meyer pouring money into the privatization effort. Oregonians for Competition said they'll be back in the 2015 legislative session and if necessary, the 2016 ballot, but for now, the privatization battle is on hold.

Tell the CA Legislature: No Wine Tastings at Farmers' Markets

Take Action: No on AB 2488


California Assembly Bill 2488, currently being considered by the Senate Governmental Organization Committee, would allow winemakers to offer tastings at certified farmers' markets throughout the state. Alcohol tastings in family-friendly settings, with no monitoring or enforcement, threaten public health and safety. The legislation does not include beverage service training and monitoring, and the proposed $50 license fee is too low to provide for proper enforcement.

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WHO Releases 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health

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The World Health Organization (WHO) released its 2014 global alcohol status and health report on May 12, detailing alarming new statistics on alcohol-related harm as well as member state policy responses. In response to the 3.3 million (5.9%) annual deaths worldwide caused by alcohol use,WHO reiterated its recommendations for evidence-based policy including: restrictions on alcohol marketing, access and availability; controls on alcohol pricing; and drunk-driving countermeasures.

  • Oregon Privatization Ballot Initiatives Dropped

  • Tell the CA Legislature: No Wine Tastings at Farmers' Markets

  • WHO Releases 2014 Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health