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
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.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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