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.