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GOP lawmakers still interested in ABC changes

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By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- Some top Republicans in the North Carolina Legislature say Gov. Beverly Perdue's opposition to getting government out of the liquor business doesn't mean the idea is dead.

Likely House Speaker Rep. Thom Tillis says he hasn't yet examined closely the basis behind Perdue's announcement Thursday that she won't pursue privatization of the state Alcoholic Beverage Control system. But Tillis says the idea still will be examined by the Legislature as part of a broader effort to identify how to
close a budget shortfall.

Incoming Senate Finance Committee co-chairman Bob Rucho says he thinks the state could tap into more money than the $300 million Perdue suggested could be generated through privatization.

The GOP could face resistance from social conservatives within their ranks.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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