ALCOHOL & TOBACCO COMMISSION

Alan I. Silverstein, Chair (chosen by Commission, 1-year term)


[photo, Goldstein Treasury Building, Annapolis, Maryland] Appointed by Governor with Senate advice & consent: Eric J. Morrissette, 2022; Alan I. Silverstein, 2023; Robert H. Poole, 2024; Barbara Wahl, 2024; Elizabeth J. (Betty) Buck, 2026.

Ex officio (nonvoting): Dennis R. Schrader, Secretary of Health; Col. Woodrow W. Jones III, Secretary of State Police.

Jeffrey A. Kelly, Executive Director (chosen by Governor with Senate advice & consent)

Goldstein Treasury Building, Room 310
80 Calvert St., Annapolis, MD 21404
(410) 260-7104
e-mail: jakelly@mdatc.gov

Goldstein Treasury Building, Annapolis, Maryland, July 2014. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


In January 2021, the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission was authorized by the General Assembly (Chapter 12, Acts of 2019; Chapters 359 & 360, Acts of 2020; Code Alcoholic Beverages Article, secs. 1-301 through 1-310).

By resource sharing and serving as an information clearinghouse, the Commission educates the public on matters relating to recent increases in alcohol content for popular beer and other beverages; the proper limits of drinking for adults, and adverse consequences of surpassing those limits; and parental or adult responsibility for serving alcohol to underage youth. The Commission also provides similar information relating to smoing, vaping, tobacco, other tobacco products, and electronic nicotine delivery systems. In addition, subject to federal approval, the Commission is to ensure that all alcoholic beverages sold in the State with an alcohol content exceeding 4.5% by volume bear a large and conspicuous label indicating the percentage of alcohol content. Moreover, the Commission is to study the operation and administration of similar laws in other states and countries.

Meeting monthly, the Commission consists of five members appointed by the Governor with Senate advice and consent. The Secretary of Health and the Secretary of State Police may serve ex officio as nonvting members. The Executive Director is chosen by the Governor with Senate advice and consent.

FIELD ENFORCEMENT DIVISION
Within the Office of Executive Director is the Field Enforcement Division (Code Alcoholic Beverages Article, secs. 1-313).

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