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Legislative panel rolls out draft ABC bill

Posted April 8, 2010

— A panel of lawmakers examining North Carolina's liquor system doesn't sound interested in privatizing sales but wants to keep the current locally controlled system largely in place.

The Joint Study Committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control discussed draft legislation on Thursday that would require poorly performing ABC stores to meet profitability or operating efficiency standards or face seizure by the state ABC Commission.

Some members questioned a proposal that would require no more than one local ABC board per county and force mergers in multi-board counties.

Few speakers at two public hearings by the committee supported privatization. The legislative committee is supposed to have recommendations next month.

Gov. Beverly Perdue has said she'd consider privatization and asked the state ABC board to appraise the system's value.

Lawmakers began looking at the ABC system after two highly publicized scandals.

A WRAL Investigates report found that the former administrator of the New Hanover County ABC system earned $232,000 a year, and his son was paid $115,000 as his assistant. Also, the Mecklenburg County ABC board had to reimburse a distiller $9,000 for a lavish holiday meal attended by ABC board members, staff and their families.

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  • hppyhourhero Apr 9, 2010

    Idiots....Can we have the names of the elected officals on this so called "panel"?

  • Gork Apr 9, 2010

    of course they're not interested in changing it - their buddies, other pseudo politicians, are eating at that trough! If they started doing that, the next thing you'd know, some other committee might eliminate their phony jobs! Hello? It's called The System...

  • Sidekick Apr 9, 2010

    If it makes a lot of sense, don't get the opinion of a group of lawmakers. You know what will happen.

  • redcharopink Apr 9, 2010

    They are wasting my tax money on these panels. Please privatise the ABC and just collect the taxes. Secondly these lawmakers are not listening to the democratic voice that wants ABC privatised. There is no reason why even after privatization we cannot keep the one store per county or certain population rule. Please listen to the voices that have elected you or who knows you might not be there for next term...

  • kathieb2 Apr 9, 2010

    Once again, they don't listen to constituents, or the Governor...they continue to do what suits THEM best....why can't we just be about running our state government, instead of running what SHOULD be private businesses???????

  • tamiya_stars Apr 9, 2010

    >>>doesn't sound interested in privatizing sales

  • Ksw1 Apr 8, 2010

    Quote:
    "A panel of lawmakers examining North Carolina's liquor system doesn't sound interested in privatizing sales but wants to keep the current locally controlled system largely in place."

    My Opinion:
    "A panel of lawmakers examining North Carolina's liquor system doesn't sound interested in keeping their jobs but want to keep the current locally controlled system largely in place so they can continue to waste my tax dollars"

    I can't wait till November 2010.

  • Retired07 Apr 8, 2010

    Who would ever have thought politicians would have done this???