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Comptroller's FED Director Led NJ Conference on Alcoholic Beverages

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 28, 2018) - Comptroller Peter Franchot is proud to announce that Jeff Kelly, director of his agency’s Field Enforcement Division, presided over the 2018 Northern-Southern Regional three-day conference of the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ.

Kelly is president of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA). After serving as first vice president, he was elected to a one-year term in June by his peers at NCSLA.

“Maryland has been a member of the NCSLA since the organization’s inception in 1934,” Director Kelly said. “The NCSLA exists to be an educational resource to regulators and beverage alcohol industry members. I am honored to be serving this year as president and very proud to be the fourth NCSLA president from Maryland.”

The conference’s agenda focused on alcohol regulation in the United States, including APPs, Bitcoin and Tech Factor; bringing the regulator and regulated together to find common ground and solutions; how opioids and human trafficking affect the alcohol industry; the rise of the craft industry and its impact; and enforcement of direct-to-consumer alcohol shipments.

“I am proud of the work my Field Enforcement Division agents do each day protecting Marylanders by investigating unscrupulous business practices involving alcohol sales and enforcing the state’s regulatory statutes,” Comptroller Franchot said. “Hats off to Director Kelly for taking the lead of this national group of administrators and to Mr. Foxwell for participating as a panelist.”

Joining Kelly as one of the conference presenters was Len Foxwell, chief of staff for the Comptroller of Maryland. Foxwell took part in a panel with members from Virginia and Kentucky to talk about taskforces or study commissions charged with comprehensive review of liquor regulations in their states. The discussion included the process, composition, procedures and timelines in group settings, results and implementation efforts. In Maryland, the Comptroller Franchot created a Reform on Tap taskforce to study Maryland’s craft beer industry.

The Field Enforcement Division is Maryland’s regulatory and enforcement agency for the State’s alcohol, tobacco and motor fuel industries. Prior to being appointed director in 2008 by Comptroller Franchot, Kelly worked as deputy director and as a field supervisor.

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