Testimony on Florida alcohol separation law

R Street's Christian Cámara recently testified on Florida's alcohol separation law:

My name is Christian Cámara. I am the Southeast Region director for the R Street Institute, a nonpartisan, public-policy research organization, or “think tank,” based in Washington, D.C., whose mission is to use outreach and policy research to promote free markets and limited, effective government.

We have done some work on alcohol regulation, and I’m here today because we find that Florida’s current alcohol separation law needlessly creates extra costs for affected businesses and inconvenience for consumers, which is why we are one of only a handful of states that legally requires such a barrier.

The most common argument against removing this restriction is that doing so will increase underage access to alcohol. But the research does not back up this claim...

Read more at: http://www.rstreet.org/outreach/testimony-on-florida-alcohol-separation-law/

Testimony to the Florida House Business and Professions Subcommittee on liquor retail sales

R Street's Christian Cámara testifies in front of the Florida House:

As Florida director of the R Street Institute, one of my responsibilities is to identify emerging free-market issues in my state and suggest to our national office in D.C. that we engage on them.  Some of our experts have done work related to alcohol retail in other states, and like those cases, we see the issue before you here today as strictly a free-market one, especially the repeal of outdated provisions in Section 12 of the bill.

We believe it is government’s responsibility to provide, enforce and ensure public safety. That definitely includes making sure that existing barriers preventing minors from accessing alcohol are preserved. But we do not believe businesses that already sell alcoholic beverages and abide by those public safety regulations should be required to incur the enormous expense of essentially erecting a stand-alone store just to sell other kinds of alcoholic beverages....

Read more at http://www.rstreet.org/outreach/testimony-to-the-florida-house-business-and-professions-subcommittee/