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Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Gains National Recognition

October 26, 2005


CONTACT:Vincent Caire, LDR

Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Gains National Recognition

The National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA), announced recently at its annual training conference, the recognition of the Louisiana Office of Alcohol & Tobacco Control as the 2005 Liquor Law Enforcement Agency of the Year. Unfortunately, at the time of the conference, all Louisiana ATC personnel were involved in the continuing response efforts for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. As a result no one from the Louisiana ATC office was able to attend that conference.

Commissioner Murphy J Painter received the award on behalf of the agency at an October 11th special ceremony during a National Conference of State Liquor Administrators meeting. NLLEA annually chooses an agency for the award based on the following criteria;

Agency Effectiveness,
Innovative Programs, and
Community & Media Recognition and Training.

The Louisiana ATC personnel were cited for again having in 2005, a ninety (90) plus percent compliance rate along with executing a one of it’s kind brand integrity and adulterated beverage program.

Commissioner Painter opines, “Compliance is achieved through a balanced policy of Training and Enforcement based on Louisiana''s unique Responsible Vendor Program and an unparalleled Compliance Checks Program on the enforcement side. Louisiana has maintained under 10% non-compliance rates for youth access to alcohol & tobacco products since 2000. That’s over 90% compliance by the 13,500 retail accounts in Louisiana and is arguably the best in the United States.”

Commissioner Painter attributes these results to Louisiana ATC’s firm but fair enforcement. In addition, the continued support from the Louisiana Legislature, as well as all of the segments of the industries that have bought this concept and its programs to this level of success cannot be underestimated. The results speak for themselves.

LDR Secretary Cynthia Bridges’ expressed equal regard for their professionalism, “I am especially honored to have Louisiana ATC on the Department of Revenue team. Their devotion to protecting the communities within the state of Louisiana is a comfort to every Louisiana citizen and a shining example of the continued commitment of our employees to sustaining our quality of life in these times of great challenge.”

The Louisiana Department of Revenue’s mission is to administer the applicable tax laws of the state of Louisiana as well as regulations concerning alcohol, tobacco and charitable gaming.

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Byron Henderson
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