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General Information
The evaluation and recommendation of ordinances is often part of a larger community planning process. It is important for communities to understand how the ordinance development process works and how different ordinances can affect their community. This document provides the reader with a basic level of ordinance information and provides material to educate and aid the reader when entering the legislative development arena.
The LOCAL Campaign is a committed group of neighborhood activists, urban developers, anti-violence advocates, public health organizations, and members of the treatment and medical communities, among others working to find a solution to protect their struggling neighborhoods. Together, they propose an ordinance to better address issues related to alcohol outlets and the problems that occur in and around these establishments.

Cost Recovery Fees

Happy Hours and Drink Specials

Samples of State Policies 
Model legislation created by the Marin Institute to help States ban caffeinated alcohol energy drinks, which pose a public health and safety risk to underage youth.

Merchant Education Policies

Social Host Liability

Noise/Unruly Gatherings

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