The Washington Times-Herald

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April 4, 2014

Excise procedures to change

INDIANAPOLIS — The Alcohol and Tobacco Commission’s administrative law prosecutor announced today a new program aimed at processing State Excise Police violations more efficiently.

ATC prosecutor Mark Mader and State Excise Police Superintendent Matt Strittmatter have launched the new initiative – called Fast Track – to process more expeditiously certain violations, particularly those alleged to have occurred at locations where public safety has become an issue.

Violations involving public safety concerns will be given priority status to ensure their expeditious processing and adjudication. Included in the Fast Track program are cases involving public nuisance charges, use or sale of controlled substances, prostitution, over service of alcohol resulting in death or serious injury and any other cases concerning public safety repeat violations that indicate a disregard for the law will also be given Fast Track status.

Mader has already processed 1,300 charges – from a backlog of approximately 1,900 pending charges when he took office on Feb. 17, 2014. Today’s announcement furthers efforts by the ATC prosecutor and State Excise Police to promote public safety in communities around the State of Indiana.

Violations of the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Code can result in fines of up to $1,000 per charge, suspension of an alcohol permit or revocation of an alcohol permit.

Fast Track prioritizes cases involving public safety concerns in order to keep communities across Indiana safe places to live, work and visit.

As the enforcement division of the Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission, the primary mission of the Indiana State Excise Police is to promote public safety by enforcing Indiana’s Alcoholic Beverage Code. Excise officers have the authority to enforce any state law, but focus primarily on alcohol, tobacco and related laws.

Administrative Charges: All respondents are to be presumed not liable until, and unless, the plaintiff can prove by preponderance of the evidence the respondent’s liability in an administrative hearing.

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