Supreme Court approves liquor privatization ballot title

The court has certified the ballot title that would allow liquor sales in grocery stores. Sponsors need to collect 88,184 signatures to place the measure on the November ballot.

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The certification came after the court denied a request by sponsors of Initiative Petition 71 to revise the ballot title written by the Oregon Attorney General’s Office. Sponsors Gerry Dory and Lynn Gust of Wilsonville objected to a statement in the title that said the measure would “eliminate liquor revenue.”

…Oregon is one of a diminishing number of states that still regulates pricing, marketing, distribution and retail sales of liquor, according to Oregonians for Competition, a coalition of grocers, retailers, craft distillers, and consumers who support the initiative. Oregon is one of 13 states that still controls retail sales government operated stores or designated agents, according to the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association.

(READ MORE: Portland Tribune)

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