ISSUE: Should the Legislature preserve Florida’s current Dram Shop Statute.
DISCUSSION: The Florida Retail Federation works diligently to preserve Florida’s Dram Shop Statute. Current law provides that a person who sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person of lawful drinking age shall not thereby become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such person, except that a person who willfully and unlawfully sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is not of lawful drinking age or who knowingly serves a person habitually addicted to the use of alcoholic beverages may become liable for injury or damage caused by or resulting from the intoxication of such minor or person.
POSITION: The Florida Retail Federation continues to emphasize education as the key factor in reducing over-consumption and underage sales and encourages Florida’s lawmakers to make no changes to the current statute.
President of SKD Consulting Group
Scott has been a part of Florida’s Legislative and Regulatory process for the past 30 plus years. Scott is the President of SKD Consulting Group. He is a registered lobbyist with the Florida Retail Federation and the lead lobbyist for the Retail Beverage Council. He works closely with all three tiers of the alcohol beverage industry – retailers, distributors and manufacturers. Scott handles both regulatory and legislative issues on behalf of the alcohol industry.
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