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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Louisiana's Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control is lax in monitoring businesses that have permits to sell alcohol, skipping some routine inspections and shrinking compliance checks.

Those are the findings of an audit released Monday by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office. It looked at the ATC's regulation of alcohol beverage outlets for three budget years from 2011 through 2013.

The audit says the agency has improved its issuance of alcohol permits but needs to better manage its enforcement oversight.

Auditors say the agency was inconsistent in inspections, didn't do proper follow-ups on violations and omitted late fees for some businesses that didn't renew permits on time.

ATC Commissioner Troy Hebert agreed with recommendations for improvement, but said his office has made tremendous progress since he took over three years ago.

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