RALEIGH, N.C. -- The head of the panel that regulates liquor sales in North Carolina has proposed merging some ABC boards while making county governments responsible for how those local boards operate.
Multiple media outlets reported the chairman of the state ABC Commission also recommended allowing private retailers to sell liquor in areas where an ABC store wouldn't be profitable.
Chairman Jon Williams made his report Wednesday to Gov. Bev Perdue's Budget Reform and Accountability Commission. That panel is expected to recommend changes that Perdue can offer to the Legislature.
The commission and a panel appointed by legislators are exploring the possibility of privatizing the ABC system. Perdue also has commissioned an outside study of the system's value if it were sold.
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