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Casino commission, Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco Control now  law enforcement agencies

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THE Commonwealth Casino Commission and the Department of Commerce-Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco Control Division are now law enforcement agencies like the Department of Public Safety.

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres has signed into law House Bill 21-61 which adds the law enforcement officers of the Alcohol Beverage Tobacco Control and the Commonwealth Casino Commission into the definition of “law enforcement.”

Authored by Rep. Joseph Leepan T. Guerrero, H.B. 21-61 is now Public Law 21-27.

It adds a new subsection to the Special Act for Firearms Enforcement, to include “law enforcement officers employed by the Department of Commerce-Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco Control Division” and “enforcement and investigation officers of the Commonwealth Casino Commission-Division of Enforcement & Investigations.”

H.B. 21-61 states that the ABTC division and the casino commission “are tasked to oversee respective establishments to ensure their compliance with the appropriate laws of our great Commonwealth, both of whom specialize in enforcing a particular field of law.”

The measure added, “Similar to our other respective law enforcement agencies, especially in situations of high life-risking duress, these officers are usually the first line of defense in not only protecting themselves but the surrounding individuals that are present during such situations. The Legislature finds that it is of utmost importance to include the enforcement officers of the ABTC division and the Commonwealth Casino Commission [and allow] them to avail [themselves] of…similar rights as other law enforcement officers in order for them to efficiently and effectively carry out their duties and responsibilities.”

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