Ad Hoc Committee on Liquor Control (LC)
Jurisdiction: Policies, practices and systemic issues related to the County's Department of Liquor Control and its alcohol distribution to restaurants and retail beer and wine stores. The Committee will review, evaluate and make recommendations about alternative service delivery models and alcohol regulations and policies.
Maryland State law establishes the framework and structure for alcohol control systems in Maryland counties, and Montgomery is no exception. The Ad Hoc Committee on Liquor Control may make recommendations to the Council that will require state action before implementation.
Members: Hans Riemer, Chair; George Leventhal, Council President; Marc Elrich
LC Committee Worksession Documents
In the News
Bethesda Magazine report: "Seven Things to Know about the County’s Plan to Partially Privatize Liquor Distribution," July 31, 2015
ABC 7 report: "Montgomery Co. to possibly change liquor laws," July 29, 2015
Bethesda Magazine report: "Council Agrees On Partial Privatization of Liquor Control, But Some Want More," July 28, 2015
Bethesda Magazine report: "Restaurant Owners Speak out in Support of Privatizing Portion of Liquor Control Department," July 23, 2015
NBC4 Report: "Partial Privatization of Montgomery Co. Alcohol Sales Discussed," July 21, 2015
Bethesda Magazine report: "County Council Members to Proceed with Partial Privatization as Liquor Control Department Implements Improvements," June 22, 2015
NBC4 Report report: "Lawmaker Skeptical of DLC’s Plan to Fix Problems," June 19, 2015
NBC4 Report: "Beer Bust: Is Montgomery County Liquor Control Getting Worse Instead of Better?," May 7, 2015
Bethesda Magazine report: "DLC Management, Controls Criticized at Latest Liquor Control Committee Meeting," March 27, 2015
NBC4 report: "'Sticky Notes' Used to Track Liquor Inventory," March 27, 2015
NBC4 report: "Liquor Control 'Completely Broken Down'," March 20, 2015
NBC4 report: "Another Employee Fired for Stealing Alcohol," March 13, 2015
MCM report: "Council Schedules More Discussion on Issues at Department of Liquor Control," March 13, 2015
FOX 5 report: "Push to change how alcohol is sold in Montgomery County," March 11, 2015
Takoma Park supports ending County alcohol sales monopoly
NBC4 Washington’s coverage of first Ad Hoc Liquor Control Committee meeting, Feb. 27, 2015
Committee Begins Look at Liquor Control Reform, Bethesda Beat, Feb. 27, 2015
Councilmember Roger Berliner’s Letter to the Editor, The Gazette, Feb. 25, 2015
NBC4 Washington, Montgomery County Getting Out of the Beer Business, Feb. 10, 2015
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