McDonnell to Hold Off on Virginia ABC Privatization

October 22, 2010

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will wait until the first day of the 2011 General Assembly session to introduce legislation aimed at privatizing liquor sales in Virginia.

McDonnell had wanted to call a special session to debate the issue. But he said Friday that doing so without a guarantee that it could pass would be a waste of taxpayer dollars.

McDonnell advocates selling 332 existing Alcoholic Beverage Control retail outlets and licensing up to 1,000 new outlets, and putting the wholesale and distribution business in private hands. He wants to use the money generated from the sale to finance transportation projects.

McDonnell said his sole goal was to "eliminate an outdated government monopoly and to raise money for transportation." He said all other details are flexible.

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