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 the stake holders to discuss what privatization and/or modernization would look like. As mentioned in an earlier blog, the OLCC recently asked for more time to more fully develop the concepts.
Today, the Northwest Grocery Association filed five versions of an initiative to privatize the OLCC. I will be reviewing those shortly and posting with more details in the near future.
You can access copies of the initiatives here.