NC alcohol regulators adopt new ethics rules after scandals

January 13, 2010 9:22:30 AM PST
North Carolina's statewide alcohol regulators beefed up ethics rules for local ABC liquor boards Wednesday.

The Alcohol Beverage Control Commission met in Raleigh and adopted three resolutions aimed at improving the public's perception of the state run alcohol distribution system after a series of scandals involving local board members.

The issue has gained at lot of attention recently after the Mecklenburg County ABC Board and its employees were treated to a dinner by a liquor company that cost $12,700.

On the coast, there were revelations that the New Hanover ABC board is paying its administrator and his son - the assistant administrator - six-figure salaries and five-figure bonuses.

On Wednesday, the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission passed a resolution banning all gifts, meals, and hospitality perks from all liquor manufacturers or distributors to local ABC boards.

Anyone caught violating the ban could face fines and license suspensions.

A second resolution urges local ABC boards to adopt the same travel policies as their local county governments. The third resolution urges ABC boards to adopt the Governor Beverly Perdue's gift ban she put in place Cabinet-level agencies.

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