When the General Assembly concluded months of contentious debate by voting in 2019 to transfer regulation of alcohol and tobacco from the state comptroller’s office to a new entity in the governor’s office, state Sen. Benjamin F. Kramer (D-Montgomery) was at the center of the effort. Kramer, who regularly warns of the public health impacts of alcohol abuse, was a vocal foe of efforts by Comptroller Peter V.R. Franchot (D) to boost Maryland’s craft brewers, warning that special favors for the fledgling industry would only lead to more drunk driving and a greater health and safety crisis.
Senator Stalls Nominees to Alcohol Commission He Helped Create
March 29, 2021