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May 12, 2014

OLCC Names William Higlin as New Licensing Director. William Higlin starts as the OLCC Director of Licensing on May 12, 2014.  Higlin replaces Farshad Allahdadi who left the OLCC in February and is now the Retail Contracts Manager at the Oregon State Lottery. Higlin has substantial state government and private industry experience.  He spent 15

April 27, 2014

OLCC Rulemaking: Requirement for Liquor Liability Insurance On April 25, the OLCC initiated the rulemaking process to cleanup the existing rule that requires that retail licensees that sell or serve alcohol for on-premises consumption to maintain a minimum level of liquor liability insurance.  It is important to note that the $300,000 minimum required by this

April 26, 2014

The TTB Suspends Pending Wine Growler Rulemaking. Good news for Oregon licensees selling wine growlers.  The TTB has suspended its pending TTB Ruling 2014-3 entitled “Bottling Taxpaid Wine in Growlers or Similar Containers for Consumption Off of the Premises.” In short, the ruling held that the filling of growlers with taxpaid wine for consumption off

March 21, 2014

OLCC Priority Violations.  There are 1000’s of licensed businesses in Oregon.  This can be great for Oregonians, but can present a real challenge to the OLCC in terms of monitoring them for compliance.  The OLCC must decide each day how to allocate its enforcement officers and focus its efforts across the state.  In order to

February 28, 2014

Can Licensees in Oregon and Washington “Comp” Drinks?  The answer is yes, but … “Comp” drinks can be a useful tool for licensees in some situations. While comping drinks is okay under limited circumstances in both Oregon and Washington, advertising “free” drinks or having business practices or promotions involving “free” drinks is generally prohibited.  The