ABC Reform Bill Signed
Special Report - July 23, 2010
Governor Perdue signed into law a bill to implement reforms to the state’s beleaguered Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) system. HB 1717Modernization of the State ABC System passed the House unanimously and passed the Senate by a 452 margin on July 8. The law requires local ABC boards to establish ethics policies, sets performance standards for local ABC boards, limits employee salaries, and aims to gives the state ABC Commission enhanced authority to oversee efficient operations in the state’s more than 400 ABC stores.
At the signing on July 21, which was held at the ABC headquarters in Raleigh, Governor Perdue told media, "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. 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." According to the News & Observer, she went on, “I believe the people of North Carolina deserve a whole lot better than they were getting.”
House Approves ABC Reform - June 24, 2010
ABC Changes Move Ahead - June 11, 2010
ABC Proposal Released - May 7, 2010
ABC Committee Floats Proposal - April 12, 2010
Alcohol Becomes Popular Topic - March 26, 2010
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