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Program C: Alcohol and Tobacco Control

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Program is to oversee the alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries within the State of Louisiana, providing the state with an effective system of regulation of the alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries wherein any of those people qualified under law are allowed to participate in the industry and the interest of the public is protected by keeping illegal activities to a minimum.

The goals of the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Program are:

1. Have an effective, efficient, and modern program.

2. Provide the highest quality of service to taxpayers.

3. Improve voluntary compliance of the tax laws and regulatory statutes while maintaining respect for each taxpayer.

The Alcohol and Tobacco Control Program includes the following activities: Administrative and Compliance and Enforcement and Field Certification.

The Administrative and Compliance activity is responsible for licensing alcoholic beverage manufacturers, native wineries, retailers, and wholesalers, and retail and wholesale tobacco product dealers.

The Enforcement and Field Certification activity is responsible for enforcing Title 26 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes, the Beer and Liquor Law, and the Youth Access to Tobacco Law. Enforcement agents, in conjunction with local law enforcement personnel, conduct random inspections at locations where alcoholic beverages and tobacco products are sold. Agents also investigate current license holders' operations to assure compliance with the sometimes complex fair trade laws that govern the industries.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

1. In FY 1998-99, the Alcohol and Tobacco Control Program will conduct at least one routine inspection of each alcoholic beverage permit holder every nine months and increase the number of investigations conducted with local law enforcement to monitor compliance with the new drinking age and continue the enforcement of the "Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Law."

2. The Alcohol and Tobacco Control program will reduce the tax burden of the department procedures by simplifying application forms, continuing employee training, and monitoring "Responsible Vendor Seminars" to educate retailers.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with fees and self-generated revenues and interagency transfers. These fees are assessed the industry through the required purchase of various licenses, permits, etc. Also included are fines for violations. The interagency transfers are from the Department of Health and Hospitals for enforcement of the Prevention of Youth Access to Tobacco Law.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,246,429

47

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$769,187

20

 

Act 1370 of 1997 - Tobacco Wholesaler and Retailer Permits

$0

$403,188

8

 

Act 1054 of 1997 - Responsible Vendor Program

$0

$86,232

2

 

Act 728 of 1997 - Out-of-State Sellers Program

$0

$0

1

 

Research Manager position for oversight of the Tobacco Compliance Program

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$3,505,036

78

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($634,734)

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s)

$0

$32,990

0

 

Annualization of 1997-'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

$36,704

0

 

1998-'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$0

($277)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$0

($9,786)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$0

$17,309

0

 

Risk Management Adjustment(s)

$0

$1,595

0

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$0

$225

0

 

Maintenance of State-owned Buildings Adjustment(s)

$0

($68,535)

0

 

Reductions in Various Expenditure Categories; Including Reductions fully fund salaries

$0

$53,012

0

 

Annualization of Responsible Vendor Program (Act 1054 of 1997)

$0

$13,854

0

 

Annualization of Out-of-State Sellers Program (Act 728 of 1997)

 

 

 

 

 

$0

$2,947,393

78

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$0

($557,643)

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 84.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 58.2% of the total request ($5,065,960) for this program. The decrease in the recommended level is primarily attributed to nonrecurring acquisitions. The reduction of $68,535 from other line items, along with the attrition adjustment, is recommended to provide the necessary funding needed to fully fund the salaries of the 78 recommended positions.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$5,500

 

Provide website for the Alcohol and Tobacco Control

$10,000

 

Create and maintain database for new software programs

$10,000

 

Provide legal research and brief to the Commissioner of the Alcohol and Tobacco Control

$10,000

 

Provide advice, opinion and expert testimony brochures, etc.

 

 

 

$35,500

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$95,190

 

Rent in State-owned Buildings

$5,407

 

Maintenance of State Buildings

$2,154

 

Payments to the Department of Civil Service

$26,605

 

Department of Public Safety - computer line usage

 

 

 

$129,356

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$17,025

 

Replacement office equipment including desks, chairs, printers, bookcases and computer hatches

$60,900

 

Replacement law enforcement equipment including radios, uniforms, cameras and emergency warning lights

 

 

 

$77,925

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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