Oregon Lawmakers Question Liquor Bill

By Jim McCoy Thu 16th January News
A bill to maintain Oregon's state liquor monopoly but allow sales in large grocery stores has some legislators worried. The measure comes from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. It's billed as a hybrid that doesn't go as far the privatization that grocery chains want. The grocers are working on a November ballot measure. The Oregonian (http://bit.ly/1dgkP0l) reports that legislators at a hearing Wednesday had several concerns, among them a size requirement: Stores smaller than 10,000 square feet couldn't sell liquor, which could put small towns at a disadvantage. Liquor board Chairman Rob Patridge says the bill avoids what he calls "the California model" that allows convenience store and gas station sales. Sen. Lee Beyer of Springfield says the goal is to "hit the middle ground" in liquor sales and regulation.

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