ABC Reforms Given Final OK At OK Legislature

North Carolina liquor stores have to meet performance standards or ultimately face closure and local ABC board members could face removal if they misbehave in legislation given the final OK by the General Assembly.

The proposal agreed to Thursday by both the House and Senate completes months of study on how to reform the state Alcoholic Beverage Control system and ABC package stores run by largely independent boards in towns and cities.

The measure now heads to Gov. Beverly Perdue, who sought ABC system changes. Momentum for reform grew following news reports about the high salaries of local board administrators and meals paid for by liquor companies to local ABC leaders.

Local boards would have up to 20 months to improve if they don't meet the standards.

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  • by mountain Location: mutt on Jul 9, 2010 at 04:52 AM
    HE GRANDPA fire up the still! The state bootleggers are getting fired ye haaaaaaaaaa! Were in the money light-ning that is!
  • by mike h Location: choco on Jul 8, 2010 at 08:46 PM
    im with tim on this one , u might not agree on this one but who cares about the abc store anyway. wheres all the money on lotto , car ,house,work,gas,land, food, milk, fubin chocolate , and alcohol going anyway. governmaent could be the answer or the rich tuyds gettin away with the write offs
  • by Scott on Jul 8, 2010 at 08:17 PM
    They should just cut out the ABC stores and sell it at the corner store. Seriously, all this overhead to sell liquor. The state could get more taxes and not have to deal with the ABC bureaucracy we currently have.
  • by Hahaa Location: Pitt county on Jul 8, 2010 at 07:33 PM
    The abc stores here suck..employees are rude n shady ...u call the main office they never answer or return your call law enforcement is wack...make them private and get on with it
  • by tim Location: greenville on Jul 8, 2010 at 07:10 PM
    How about some performance standards for our government
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jul 8, 2010 at 06:18 PM
    Maybe we should open stills (yes, I know, more of 'em) and produce some tax free "shine". That should improve the profit margins (assuming no one steals too much of the profits). Why in the world don't we just start selling liquor licenses (with a hefty annual renewal fee) and get out of the business. If you could buy liquor in twice as many places I rather seriously doubt that consumption would go up even a little. So why don't we get out of the business. Let someone else do the work and let's just collect the licensing and renewal fees.

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