Legislative Victories 2011
 

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Legislative Victories 2011

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The following bills were signed into law in 2011 and are expected to have a positive impact on public health:

TAXES
 
Connecticut

Senate Bill 1239 Signed into law 5/4/2011. Effective July 1, 2011.  
Summary: Raises wholesale tax rates on alcoholic beverages 20% including beer from $0.19 to $0.23 per gallon, wine from $0.60 to $0.72 per gallon, and liquor from $4.50 to $5.40 per gallon.
Sponsor(s): Senator Donald Williams, Jr. (D-Brooklyn) and Representative Christopher Donovan (D-Meriden)
 
Maryland

Summary: Increased the sales tax rate on alcoholic beverages from 6% to 9%. Allocated a portion of the funds to the Developmental Disabilities Administration.
Sponsor(s): Senators Verna Jones-Rodwell (D-Baltimore), Richard Madaleno (D-Montgomery), Ulysses Currie (D-Prince George’s)*
Approved by the Governor on May 19,2011. Effective date: July 1, 2011.



DEREGULATION

Virginia

Bills left in committee without further action when legislative session ended:

Summary: Privatizes the wholesale and retail sale of alcoholic beverages.
Sponsor(s): Senators Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) and John Watkins (R-Richmond)
  
Senate Bill 1417

Summary: Privatizes the retail sale of alcoholic beverages. The state will continue to conduct wholesale activities.
Sponsor(s): Senators Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) and John Watkins (R-Richmond)
  
House Bill 2182

Summary: Replaces the Alcoholic Beverage Control board with the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority. The bill provides a new leadership and hiring structure that is separate from those generally controlling state agencies.
Sponsor(s): State Delegate David Albo (R-Fairfax)
  
House Bill 2456

Summary: Privatizes the retail sale of alcoholic beverages. The state will continue to conduct wholesale activities.
Sponsor(s): State Delegate Robert Brink (D-Arlington)