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February 23, 2014

The OLCC dismissed two “permitting” violations in Bradley’s Bar & Grill.  In doing so, the case provides some useful guidance to existing licensees. The Law.  “Permitting” violations requires that the OLCC show two elements.  The first element is a showing that the licensee had knowledge of the proscribed activity.  The second element is a showing

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

January 26, 2014

I attended the last of the OLCC’s Retail Innovations meetings on Friday January 24, 2014 and privatization was not surprisingly the main topic of discussion. The meeting took place just following the OLCC’s Commission Meeting at their main offices. Importantly, it was the first meeting since the Northwest Grocery Association filed the first of many

December 16, 2013

We live in interesting times. Following the privatization of the Washington State Liquor Control Board in 2011/2012, many have anticipated that a similar initiative would follow in Oregon. The OLCC itself anticipated such a move and tried to provide an alternative through a Retail Innovations Task Force that it initiated. The Task Force brought together

December 10, 2013

Governor Kizthaber recently appointed Marvin Revoal to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission Board of Directors and the Senate confirmed the appointment. Marvin was sworn in today at the OLCC’s Commission meeting. The OLCC has been operating with only four commissioners for some time now. The 4th Congressional District position has been vacant, but is now

December 9, 2013

The OLCC’s Retail Innovations task force has been meeting since October 4, 2013. The purpose of the task force is bring the various stakeholders together to discuss how the OLCC’s retailing and distribution of distilled spirits may be changed, improved, or modernized. The group has met five times and was scheduled to meet for a

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 6, 2013

The OLCC canceled the liquor license of the Liquid Club & Lounge located in Bend, Oregon in later October. The basis for cancelling the liquor license was that the licensee violated a number of license restrictions imposed on the license when it was issued. It serves as a good case study about the risks of

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