Rodriguez pleased with signing of responsible alcohol sales and service act
Senator Dennis G. Rodriguez, Jr. says Guam has taken another important step in the fight against alcohol related crime and social problems with the signing of Public Law 32-051by Governor Calvo.
On June 24th all 15 members of the Legislature voted to pass the Rodriguez authored Responsible Alcohol Sales And Service Act that became law today.
“It is clear the Legislature and the Governor are in full agreement about the need to do more to prevent underage drinking, DUI, public intoxication and other alcohol related problems that negatively impact our island,” Senator Rodriguez stated.
With the Governor’s signature, as of today the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board has been given the green light to develop and implement a standardized training curriculum for workers who serve alcoholic beverages in bars, restaurants and clubs or sell beer, wine and spirits in stores.
Rodriguez, who chairs the Health Committee, pledged his support for full and timely implementation of the law.
The law allows ABC to relieve itself of certain administrative functions, similar to the outsourcing of driver’s education training at the Department of Motor Vehicles. This in turn will allow ABC to put greater emphasis and resources on enforcement and compliance of alcohol laws.
A year from now, when training will be a condition of licensure for servers and sellers of alcoholic beverages, their license fees will be deposited into the Alcoholic Beverage Compliance Fees and Fines Fund. The fund was created in legislation Rodriguez authored and introduced in the 31st Guam Legislature
“We have provided ABC with the ways and the means to help our community get a better handle on alcohol related problems,” Rodriguez said. “Now it is time for ABC to do its part,” he added.
Before passing unanimously in the legislature and signed into law by the Governor, the Responsible Alcohol Sales and Service Act received endorsements of support from a broad cross section of the community, in part because it places no financial burden on employers, employees, ABC, or taxpayers.
“This brings Guam is one step close to joining hundreds of states and municipalities across the nation that have implemented training programs that reflect and preserve local community values as they relate to the sale and service of alcoholic beverages,” he added.