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Laws & Rules

February 21, 2014

Washington distillers may have reason to celebrate this legislative session. House Bill 2364 and its companion Senate Bill 6226 are making their way through the legislative process with much support and little opposition.  To follow the bill, click here. The bills would achieve the following: Increases the annual spirits production limit for craft distillers from

February 5, 2014

Age Verification Equipment (“AVE”): Should You Agree to Use It to Resolve an OLCC Violation? The AVE Option. ORS 471.392 allows the OLCC to use AVE as a tool to reduce underage drinking and helps licensees demonstrate that they are responsible business owners. OAR 845-009-0140 allows a licensee to purchase and use AVE in lieu

December 8, 2013

The Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association recently initiated OLCC rulemaking to increase the allowed cost for a bin or rack provided by an alcohol supplier to an Oregon licensed retailer. Oregon’s tied house laws prohibit alcohol suppliers from providing bins or racks to retailers absent an exception. The proposed rulemaking increases the allowed cost

December 3, 2013

ORLA’s proposal for biennial liquor licenses makes sense. The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association recently proposed a rule change that would give Oregon licensees the option to obtain a liquor license with a two year term, rather than a one year term. This is a good idea and makes sense because it will result in

November 8, 2013

OLCC Initiates Rulemaking Regarding Licensing “Food Carts” The City of Portland sued the OLCC after it issued an annual liquor license to Cartlandia and the OLCC failed to move forward on rule making to imposed additional restrictions on the licensing of “food carts”. The OLCC has never licensed a “food cart” itself. Rather, the OLCC

September 12, 2013

Commission staff are recommending changes to OAR 845-004-0001 regarding the prohibited interest set out in ORS 471.710(2) applicable to OLCC commissioners and staff.  The primary substantive change is to expressly set out the exemption for the food and beverage industry commissioner.  The other proposed changes are primarily to clarify the nature of the prohibitions, the