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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 01/21/2011

N. Va. delegate has new proposal to privatize liquor stores -- sort of

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

Del. David B. Albo (R-Fairfax) thinks he may have come up with a new way to privatize the state's liquor stores, only this way Virginia doesn't really privatize the stores -- but it just might reap the financial benefits.

Albo has introduced HB2182, replacing the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control with an independent agency which he said would be exempt from procurement and employment rules.

"Why can't we apply private sector principles to the ABC?'' he said. "With the ABC debate, I've always been wondering why we're going around and around and around to make more money for the state of Virginia on ABC. There's a reason why all these private companies want to bid all this money. They can do it cheaper. It's because they don't have all these different rules."

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority would be run by a chief executive selected by a board named by the governor. Current ABC employees would report to the authority.

Albo, who favors privatization but had concerns about Gov. Bob McDonnell's initial proposal, said he thinks his plan could work make money even though he knows the governor's office opposes it because it does not get government out of the liquor business.

"Why do we need to privatize. Why can't we do all these things ourselves?'' he said. "It's one idea in the mix."

By Anita Kumar  | January 21, 2011; 11:00 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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