California Assembly Praised for Passing AB 346 - The Alcopops Warning Label Bill
Legislation To Reduce Underage Drinking in California Now Faces Senate
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On a strong bi-partisan vote of 62 to 13, the California Assembly passed AB 346 yesterday. Introduced by California Assembly Members Jim Beall (D-San Jose), and Lori Saldana (D-San Diego), the bill requires warning labels on "alcopops," -- sweet, fruity, soda-pop like flavored alcoholic beverages that are popular with underage drinkers. The beverages are currently sold wherever beer is sold including over 15,000 convenience stores, mini-marts and gas stations throughout California. "It's about time the alcohol industry admitted they're selling alcohol," said Bruce Livingston, Executive Director of Marin Institute. "Alcopops like Mike's Hard Lemonade, Smirnoff Ice and other flavored malt beverages are a sneaky attack on California families. This will force them to expose these drinks for what they are -- alcoholic beverages." Currently, many alcopops are packaged and labeled similarly to nonalcoholic beverages like energy drinks, sodas, and fruit drinks. This legislation will ensure that underage youth, parents, teachers, law enforcement personnel and retail employees can easily see a product contains alcohol, and how much alcohol the product contains. AB 346 would require these alcopops carry a distinctive label, "Attention: Contains Alcohol" to avoid any visual confusion between beverages containing alcohol and those that do not. "Yesterday's strong bi-partisan vote sends a clear message to the Senate and the Governor that California cares deeply about underage drinking and will hold alcopops producers accountable for deceptive or unclear labeling of these youth-aimed, entry-level drinks," added Livingston. "We now need to maintain this strong support to push the bill through the Senate and on to the Governors desk for a quick signature to make it law." How the Assembly Voted: AYES Adams - R Aghazarian - R Arambula - D Bass - DBeall - D Benoit - R Berg - D Blakeslee - RBrownley - D Caballero - D Calderon - D Carter - DCook - R Coto - D Davis - D De La Torre - DDe Leon - D DeSaulnier - D Duvall - R Dymally - DEmmerson - R Eng - D Evans - D Feuer - DFuentes - D Galgiani - D Garcia - R Hancock - DHayashi - D Hernandez - D Horton - R Houston - RHuffman - D Jones - D Karnette - D Krekorian - DLa Malfa - R Laird - D Leno - D Levine - DLieu - D Ma - D Mendoza - D Mullin - DNava - D Niello - R Nunez - D Parra - D Plescia - RPortantino - D Price - D Richardson - D Ruskin - DSalas - D Saldana - D Silva - R Solorio - DSpitzer - R Swanson - D Torrico - D Tran - RWolk - D NOES Anderson - R DeVore - R Fuller - R Gaines - RGarrick - R Huff - R Jeffries - R Keene - RMaze - R Nakanishi - R Strickland - R Villines - RWalters - R ABSENT, ABSTAINING, OR NOT VOTING Berryhill - R Lieber - D Runner - R Smyth - RSoto - D For additional information: http://www.marininstitute.org Contact: Michael Scippa 415-548-0492 Pete Ratajczak 415-257-2488
SOURCE Marin Institute
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