Perdue To Sign ABC Board Reform Bill

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

Gov. Beverly Perdue planned to sign 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 news reports on the high salaries of local board administrators in New Hanover County and meals paid for by liquor companies to local ABC leaders.

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.

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  • by Chris Location: Vanceboro on Jul 21, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    The state should get out of sell wiskey, and then write someone a ticket for drinking and driving, yes i say get out of the ABC stores.....
  • by tim Location: pitt on Jul 21, 2010 at 03:57 PM
    "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."
  • by Justice on Jul 21, 2010 at 10:05 AM
    Privatize the liquor business? ha, the state would have to lay off thousands of people who make 100k plus a year driving around on state vehicles, getting state benefits, and we wonder why they dont make a profit. Anytime they predict a profit, they create enough pay raises to eat it up.
  • by David Location: Greenville on Jul 21, 2010 at 09:10 AM
    4 for 4 on the comments. If we all get why doesnt the state. Privatize the liquor business. Get rid of the overhead and still collect the taxes. Perhaps even increase tax collections. DUH.
  • by Jim Location: SC on Jul 21, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    Only the government (state, local, or federal) could come a looser selling liquor. Ask any moonshiner. Here in SC the liquor stoors are privately owned, and are subject to sound business practices when it comes to running their stores. It's obvious the the goverm=nment agencies are not capabpe of operating while adhering to sound business practices.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Jul 21, 2010 at 05:36 AM
    Why is the state in the Booze business anyway??? First Booze, then the lottery - why not state owned and operated casinos?? Surely they would bring in a great deal of revenue for the state to waste.
  • by Aggravated on Jul 21, 2010 at 04:49 AM
    Doesn't Perdue have anything better to do? Man... she is such a pain. Woman, get a life and quit tick'n everybody off.
  • by Justice on Jul 21, 2010 at 02:59 AM
    "Do as I say, NOT as I do." Lets check to see what kind of "gifts" the governor has accepted. Any free meals anywhere?

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