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Liquor Control Board Releases Statement on I-1183

The most difficult thing about the passage of I-1183 is the loss of 900 jobs, the Liquor Control Board said in a press release Wednesday, following the Nov. 8 election results.

Editor's Note: This is a statement from the Liquor Control Board:

We are, of course, deeply disappointed by the election result on Initiative 1183.

Weighing most heavily on our hearts and minds are the more than 900 Liquor Control Board employees who will lose their jobs. Our employees have been working under the cloud of initiatives for nearly two years. Despite operating under a microscope, they have carried out their responsibilities with dignity and professionalism. We owe our employees a debt of gratitude for the professional way in which they have conducted themselves during a difficult time.

Moving Forward

We will begin moving forward to ensure that we are meeting the timelines established by the initiative. Our goal is to have an orderly transition from public to private business operations. Our agency leaders are meeting now to develop a contingency plan.

  • We will continue to maximize revenue in responsible ways through the holiday season.
  •  In January, our operational focus will be on divesting ourselves from the business as prescribed in the initiative.
  • By June 1, 2012, all liquor business operations - including purchasing, distribution and retail -- will be transitioned of the private sector.

Our state liquor stores have among the highest no-sale-to-minors compliance rate in the nation at more than 94 percent. The private sector’s overall compliance rate is 77 percent. As the sale and distribution of liquor will soon be completely in the hands of the private sector, we hope it will treat this public safety responsibility with the utmost importance.

The Liquor Control Board will continue carrying out its highest priority of public safety. While the agency is ending its business operations, it will continue to carry out our enforcement, licensing, adjudicative and policy-setting functions affecting over 16,000 liquor licensees statewide.

rentonben November 09, 2011 at 10:03 PM
>>We are, of course, deeply disappointed by the election result on Initiative 1183. Why should a state agency be disappointed to cary out an initiative - shouldn't they follow the law cheerfully and without comment? Or do they think they know better than us?
Evelyn Hou November 10, 2011 at 04:55 PM
unfortunately, the media likes to report whiners and negative comments...
Jenny Manning November 10, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Please feel feel free to submit a letter to the editor about the issue via jenny.manning@patch.com. I'll be happy to run it! I look forward to your comments.

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