State Authority to Regulate Alcohol

Federal Preemption: Maintain State Authority to Regulate Alcohol

The 21st Amendment gives states primary authority to regulate alcohol within their borders and meet local priorities – the needs in Utah may be very different than in neighboring Nevada. States are able to appropriately balance the demands of the marketplace with consumer protection, revenue collection and public safety concerns. Legislative proposals such as shipping alcohol through the mail fail to recognize each state’s constitutional authority to establish and enforce its own alcohol laws while ensuring responsible alcohol oversight and delivery.

We Encourage Congress to:

  • Support the current three-tier system of alcohol regulation that protects the American public.
  • Oppose H.R.3287/S.1663, the United States Postal Service Shipping Equity Act.