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          Date of Hearing:  May 18, 2016


                        ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS


                               Lorena Gonzalez, Chair


          AB  
          2121 (Gonzalez) - As Amended May 11, 2016


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          Urgency:  No  State Mandated Local Program:  YesReimbursable:   
          No


          SUMMARY:


          This bill establishes the Responsible Beverage Service (RBS)  
          Training Program, beginning July 1, 2020. Specifically, this  
          bill: 


          1)Requires alcohol servers, as defined, to complete an approved  
            RBS training course within three months of employment and  
            every three years thereafter.  


          2)Requires RBS courses to cover certain information, including  








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            the impact of alcohol on the body and state laws and  
            regulations related to alcoholic beverage control. 


          3)Requires at least one RBS course to be offered for less than  
            $15 and at least one RBS course to be offered in Spanish. 


          4)Allows RBS courses to be offered through a trainer-led class  
            and assessment or self-training and assessment, and specifies  
            that participants must get a score of 70 percent to  
            successfully complete the course. 


          5)Requires the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to  
            publish a list of approved RBS training courses and to include  
            information on the RBS training course requirements and  
            documentation requirements on license applications and license  
            renewal notices. 


          6)Requires ABC to review an approved RBS training course at  
            least once every three years after the course is approved. 


          7)Allows ABC to establish additional training standards and  
            curricula to be included in an approved RBS training course.  
            ABC must establish minimum standards and promulgate  
            regulations for the training and scope of practice for a  
            person who sells or serves alcoholic beverages.


          8)Requires all authorized licensees to maintain appropriate  
            records and to provide those records upon request of ABC.


          FISCAL EFFECT:










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          1)Moderate costs to ABC in the range of $250,000 annually in the  
            first three years of the program to develop, evaluate, and  
            implement this program. This includes two additional positions  
            to assist with the rulemaking process as well as the  
            additional overhead required to accommodate additional  
            certification processes.  (Alcohol Beverage Control Fund)



          2)ABC will continue to incur additional costs to maintain the  
            program and review courses, but those costs are expected to  
            decrease over time. Moreover, ABC may require a fee for  
            certification and recertification, helping offset costs. 
          


          COMMENTS:


          1)Purpose. According to the author, this bill will help ensure  
            those who serve alcohol to patrons learn the necessary skills  
            to protect customers, the public, the server, and businesses.  
            Under AB 2121, California would follow the lead of 18 other  
            states and the District of Columbia by making intervention  
            training a requirement for employees who serve alcohol. The  
            author notes that a beverage server should be trained to  
            intervene before patrons become over-served alcohol, which can  
            play an important role in ensuring that the public is  
            protected.   



          2)Background on current training programs. Responsible Beverage  
            Service Training (RBS) is not mandatory in California. Some  
            cities and counties do require RBS training to sell or serve  
            alcoholic beverages at establishments within those  
            jurisdictions.  For instance, the City of Solana Beach  
            requires training within 30 days of being hired and  
            certification is valid for 3 years.   








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            ABC also offers a free and voluntary 4-hour class, called  
            Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD for retail  
            licensees, their employees and applicants. In 1991, the  
            program began due to a grant from the California Office of  
            Traffic Safety. The LEAD Program provides the licensee and  
            applicant with practical information on serving alcoholic  
            beverages safely, responsibly, and legally, and preventing  
            illicit drug activity at the licensed establishment. At the  
            conclusion of the class, an exam is given on the material that  
            was covered. Each person that fulfills all of the training  
            requirements receives a certificate, via email, certifying  
            that they successfully completed a LEAD training course. 


            Analysis Prepared by:Luke Reidenbach / APPR. / (916)  
          319-2081