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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

September 11, 2013

Oregon licensees may elect to purchase age verification equipment (“AVE”) instead of receiving the standard sanction for a first or second Category III or III(a) under certain circumstances.  The licensee must purchase and use the AVE in order to qualify for the reduced sanction.  The change clarifies the definition of “equipment” and does not represent

September 10, 2013

The OLCC is in the process of clarifying and streamlining its rules that specify when the agency has a basis to deny a service permit application and when “good cause” exists for overcoming such denial criteria. The proposed changes are consistent with the OLCC’s regulatory goals and should not be unduly burdensome to future service

June 24, 2013

Uncertainty still surrounds the appointment of a new Executive Director of the OLCC. Merle Lindsey was named the Interim Executive Director of the OLCC by the Commissioners on October 25, 2012. The Commission appointed him to this position after former Executive Director Steve Pharo announced his retirement, which was in part precipitated by a public

June 13, 2013

The OLCC recently adopted amendments to OAR 845-006-0347 that increased the sanctions for certain types of unlawful activity that a licensee permits to occur on the licensed premises. Before the amendment, violations involving permitting unlawful activity on the premises were category III violations. Now, violations that involve death, serious physical injury, use or attempted use