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Liquor Board and Health Department Team Up to Fight Underage Drinking

Free Training Seminar for Businesses

Towson, Maryland (March 11, 2014) – With St. Patrick's Day festivities just around the corner, Baltimore County is offering local bar, restaurant and liquor store owners a free educational seminar on how to combat underage drinking and identify increasingly sophisticated fake IDs.

Tomorrow morning, the Baltimore County Liquor Board and Bureau of Behavioral Health are jointly presenting a free seminar from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center, located at 6501 North Charles Street in Towson. An estimated 200 Baltimore County business owners and managers will hear from Louisiana State University professor Marty Johnson, a retired police officer who specializes in the field of forensics and identification card verification. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of officials from the County Police, Fire, and Health departments and the Liquor Board. The seminar is at full capacity with no more seats available.

"We know that the vast majority of these business owners want to avoid selling to minors and we'd much rather educate them and help them keep ahead of this fake ID technology than have to penalize them," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who plans to be on hand at the seminar tomorrow to welcome participants and thank them for their collaborative efforts in fighting underage drinking.

"It's great to see that every seat will be filled at this very informative seminar," said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins. "It shows the commitment of our local business owners and how seriously they take this issue."