ISSUE: Should training be required of all alcoholic beverage licensees.
DISCUSSION: Florida currently encourages voluntary training for alcohol beverage licensees under Florida’s Responsible Vendor Act. Many licensees participate in such training programs that are typically offered by the private sector, or programs that are conducted in-house by the licensee. The Florida Retail Federation is seeing a trend with local governments proposing training at the local level, which contradicts the Responsible Vendor Act.
POSITION: The Florida Retail Federation will continue to support voluntary responsible vendor training. However, the Florida Retail Federation will be working with the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and the Florida Legislature to explore whether current law needs to be modified. In addition, Florida’s Responsible Vendor Act could be amended to allow additional mitigation to those licensees that use ID scanners for underage sales compliance.
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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