Alaska commerce chief attacks alcohol board regulation draft

The Alaska Department of Commerce has said it does not support a regulation draft that would prohibit onsite activities at alcohol manufacturing businesses.

The Daily News-Miner reported Friday that department commissioner Julie Anderson had harsh criticism and serious concerns that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s proposed changes are restrictive and do not support a business inclusion initiative.

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The board chair declined to comment.

Anderson says there are plans to meet with and discuss the regulation draft with the control board, which falls under her department’s umbrella.

Officials say the draft is part of a revised proposal to prohibit social gatherings advertised to the general public including festivals, competitions, classes, presentations and performances.

The original proposal was discussed in June 2018.