Our Proposal

  • Any establishment should be able to sell whatever it wants, provided its employees get training on who to sell it to and under what conditons.
  • License fees should only reflect the actual time/expense costs required to administer them by State and local agencies.
  • Remove the link between gambling and full liquor licenses.
  • Keep the State warehouse and distribution system (it benefits small, craft distilleries) and provides revenue to the State to audit local compliance with State regulations.
  • Remove liquor licensing from the state and push regulation down to the county and city level.
  • Mandate training for servers/seller of alcohol (fee covers cost) based on State criteria but delivered by any entity willing to be certified to provide the training (for-profit, non-profit or local govt entity).
  • Local licenses should be administered by the smallest, reasonable jurisdiction (e.g. a County or a City). The only restriction would be the ability of the jurisiction to comply with State regulatory guidelines and williningness to be audited for compliance. We need to have community review of bars/restaurants and their impact on their neighborhoods and the only way to make that happen is to have their ability to have a full liquor license reviewed ever 3-5 years. Establishments that are not good neighbors should be denied licenses: but that decision needs to be made at the local level. If a County is unable to manage their own licenses, the State board of alcohol control will be the default provider/distributor of licenses to sell alcohol.
  • Liquor license costs should only be the cost to manage the regulation. For example, less than $1000 for license application and hearing fee  (like Oregon) plus an additional fee to pay back existing license holders. There will be a small annual renwal fee to defray administrative expenses and pay back into the pool to reimburse old monopoly license holders. 
  • Existing liquor license holders will be reimbursed their ORIGINAL license cost + interest over a 20-year period, with revenue coming out of a percentage of new license holders license fees and a portion of the state tax revenue from State warehouse sales. After 20 years, the switch to the new system is complete and the cost goes down even more. Their old license values may be securitized and sold the same way as a government bond, so no existing license holder will lose out on their initial investment made under the State monopoly system.