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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

State liquor regulators adopt ethics reforms


Sample Action: The commission immediately banned liquor manufacturers and distributors from providing anything of value, from cash to a meal, to employees of the state-run alcohol sales system, including local ABC boards.

Intended Result: "This is going to change how (ABC) boards do business in this state," said Mike Herring, chief administrator of the state commission.

Wrong. Making more rules will only lead to a different set of reviews in a few years. Nothing substantial will change.

The only real fix is to put alcohol sales in retail stores. Let Food Lion sell the mess. The retailers will figure this out in a heartbeat.

The truth is that they already have it figured in other states.

We do not need a dedicated state-run store for beer, wine, and tobacco. We do not need one for hard liquor.

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