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June 4, 2014

OLCC Privatization Initiative Withdrawn Problems with the drafting of the initiative led to delays in obtaining a final ballot title for the preferred version of the measure.   The primary problem related to references to the word “tax.”  The Oregonians for Competition, proponents of the initiative, wanted the word “tax” replaced with the phrase “revenue

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 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

October 28, 2013

Alcohol Regulatory Law: 21st Century Issues I gave a presentation today to Lewis & Clark Law School’s Business Law Society on the history of alcohol regulation in the US and the issues that are relevant today. We had a lively discussion of the modernization and/or privatization of the OLCC, the role of the initiative process,