Committee Meets On NC Alcohol Laws

A legislative committee examining whether changes should be made to how North Carolina sells liquor will hold its first meeting by reviewing an earlier study by General Assembly researchers.

The Joint Study Committee on Alcoholic Beverage Control begins on Tuesday. It is charged with presenting recommendations to the full Legislature when it reconvenes in May. The 28-member panel was to hear about a 2008 report suggesting the state ABC Commission needs more oversight over local stores.

Gov. Beverly Perdue and others also are interested whether it makes sense to privatize the current monopoly system. The system has received scrutiny after reports of a liquor company paying for a fancy dinner for local ABC leaders and a local administrator getting paid more than $250,000 a year.

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  • by anon. Location: gvile on Mar 9, 2010 at 05:13 PM
    why let these politicians run our businesses when they can not even run the government[tax refunds][corrupt politicians are killing this state]people like Clark Jenkins and Marion Mclawhorn who made their living off of tobacco farmers have turned their back on the people who made them;remember this when you vote and get rid of this selfish scum
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Mar 9, 2010 at 01:39 PM
    Go private and make the license cost a lot of money. Competition will lower the price of booze and the state won't have to pay benefits and retirement for the operators. A liquor license in california can cost $500K.
  • by william Location: rocky mount on Mar 9, 2010 at 12:29 PM
    This is a bit of a conundrum. I like having a nice, clean well run place to buy beverages, but having Gov't. condone its sale and use? Seedy liquor stores wouldn't be nice but if that was your only choice you'd have to use it. I bet sales overall would drop if the State didn't sell it themselves. And if you criminally abuse the alcohol you bought from your Gov't. they will profit again from the court revenues gained if you have to pay some type of fine. But, then again, most abuse is probably from beer goggled citizens. Hmmm, perplexing. I say keep things as is. We'll never keep corruption out of anything as long as humans exist.
  • by Leave it Alone Location: MD/NC on Mar 9, 2010 at 09:42 AM
    Darren, unless you live in MD and know what you're talking about, you're wrong. I live with an LE officer who has also seen both sides of this particular coin and knows quite well the differences between a clean no frills NC ABC Store and a MD or DC corner liquor mart. There is a difference, a BIG difference. What's ridiculous is your conspiracy claim on "finding a way to get more money" is ridiculous. Liquor is cheaper at a NC ABC Store than it is at one of the foreign owned (which most ARE here) liquor stores. So someone at the state level was corrupt. There are a lot of folks that are corrupt in a lot of places, but are you going to argue with paying cheaper prices at a state run abc store over some foreign owned store which they will end up being I assure you. And when I say they are hangouts, they are. When I say it creates blight, it does. The state run is clean, cheaper and if you want to compare, come shop around in MD/DC at a liquor store and find out, you'll see.
  • by Darren Location: To Leave it Alone on Mar 9, 2010 at 09:00 AM
    There is not going to be any difference in how many robberies there will be, no matter where liquor is sold. There are robberies at ABC stores as well. That's rediculous to even say that.
  • by Darren Location: Kill Devil Hills on Mar 9, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    TEB, great point! We don't need specialized stores like they claim we do. The only reason why they claim we need those specialized stores is so they (The Legislature) can find another way to get more money coming into the system and then it getting into their pockets for them to spend on more fancy stuff that they don't even earn. It's given money that they want. That's why we have ABC stores. George and Kimo, I also want the state government out of the liquor business as well.
  • by Leave it alone. Location: MD/NC on Mar 9, 2010 at 06:35 AM
    I live between 2 places, MD and NC. I have been living between both now for almost 15 years due to work. I grew up in NC and liquor stores, areas around liquor stores etc are not a hangout or shady. In MD, there is no ABC store....they are mostly privately owned liquor stores. A good portion of these privately owned liquor stores are hangouts, have to have private security, off duty police, whatever around them at night. The reality is, MD should switch to what NC and VA do with ABC stores. The stores in MD, half of them are a blight to the area, always are getting robbed or someone is getting shot. Some may say, well that is MD....well, look at our local news here, someone getting shot all the time lately. Let's not add more options on that. Point being, leave it alone. It's a clean environment, you guy in, buy what you need and leave. Would you prefer to have a hangout on every corner, robberies, and a less controlled environment like that? I doubt you would.
  • by Miss my CA Location: Greenville NC :( on Mar 9, 2010 at 06:02 AM
    Lets do what CA does! They sell liquor in grocery stores, pharmacy stores, privately owned street corner markets, gas stations even sell liqour! Get out of the dark biblical stone ages, North Carolina! It's 2010.
  • by TEB Location: Windsor on Mar 9, 2010 at 05:50 AM
    ABC stores should be done away with and liquor sold where beer and wine are sold, such as the grocery store. Alcohol is alcohol - why do we need special stores just to sell liquor?
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Mar 9, 2010 at 05:48 AM
    George - You have it exactly right.
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