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The end of the ABC store?

January 27, 2010 9:45 am by

Richmond BizSense has info on a proposal to privatize ABC sales in Virginia:

Senate Bill 443 would force the Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to close its retail operations. The ABC would auction off “package store” licenses to vendors that wish to sell liquor and other alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises.

[…] He said his bill would restrict the location of liquor stores, keeping them a certain distance from churches and schools. Every Virginia locality would have at least one licensed liquor store, but a locality could not have more than one license for every 10,000 residents.

The bill also states that “in addition to the annual state licensing tax, any locality in which a package store license is issued by the Board may establish an annual licensing tax not to exceed 50 percent of the state licensing tax, plus inflation, and to be paid in accordance with the provisions of § 4.1-233 of the Code of Virginia.”

I don’t see anywhere in the text of the bill where the proximity to schools or churches is addressed. Am I missing something?


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