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Perdue signs ABC reform legislation

Posted July 21, 2010

— North Carolina is about to change how local liquor stores must operate and how their leaders are expected to behave.

Gov. Beverly Perdue signed into law on Wednesday a bill approved in the final days of the General Assembly session to reform the state Alcoholic Beverage Control system and ABC package stores run by largely independent boards in towns and cities.

Perdue had sought changes to the ABC system. Momentum grew following reports on the high salaries of local board administrators in New Hanover County and meals paid for by liquor companies to local ABC leaders.

"My goal and the goal of the state and the ABC Commission at the state level is not to be big brother or big sister," she said. "I don't want that role. We're not the big hammer telling local area commissions how they have to do their business, but we are the hammer that says this belongs to the people and we do expect 100 percent accountability."

Under the new law, liquor stores will have to meet performance standards or ultimately face closure. Local ABC board members are barred from accepting gifts from contractors doing business with their panel or stores.

Most of the changes take effect Oct. 1.

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  • BlahBlahBlahBlahBlah Jul 21, 2010

    Yawn.....

  • ifcdirector Jul 21, 2010

    How about privatizing a business that government has not business being in? Where is that reform? No we just will continue to get more of Bev's buddies doing end runs around each useless proclamation she makes giving a nod and wink to the same cast of good ol' boy corrupt democrats.

  • batcave Jul 21, 2010

    How much is needlessly spent on the up keep of state run wharehouses, and convoluted ABC boards.

  • The Fox Jul 21, 2010

    For Emma33, na. All the left can do is hurl insults, scream, and demogog.

    meBNme - a lot of truth in what you say. I don't know why the left attacks Bush, as toward the end he was just another big spender and pro illegals.

  • larky74406 Jul 21, 2010

    Emma33, do you have anything to add besides ad hominem attacks?

  • jtPER Jul 21, 2010

    "My goal and the goal of the state and the ABC Commission at the state level is not to be big brother or big sister," she said ...
    --> Yeah Bev...we believe you....

    "We're not the big hammer telling local area commissions how they have to do their business, but we are the hammer that says this belongs to the people and we do expect 100 percent accountability."

    ---> This comes from the same woman who hired a private citizen to take over as state school superintendent--a post that the PEOPLE elected someone else to do..

  • Emma33 Jul 21, 2010

    Thanks guys for proving, once again, that the most uninformed and the least intelligent can feel empowered by making online comments on news stories.

  • cwood3 Jul 21, 2010

    You said-when Bev is finished wrecking NC-do you mean she's got more wrecking to do?? Heaven forbid. Between her and her buddy BHO, we'll be fortunate to survive.

    Bev's ok. Every time she wants money, she goes to DC and knocks on the White House door. Mr. President-can I have a little more?? I'll be nice and mess something else up-if you'll just give me a little more money-please (as she bats those blue eyes).

    Partners in destruction-Bev and Barack.

  • aintbackingdwn Jul 21, 2010

    Maybe William Barber should take up the cause to protest and oust Bev from office. NC really should have a black governor to protect boozers rights.

  • IndependentAmerican Jul 21, 2010

    Look at the budget savings you could get Bev, if you let the commercial retailers sell liquor.

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