How serious are politicians about fixing abuses within local Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) boards? Newspapers in Charlotte and Wilmington have highlighted local ABC abuses and have helped to propel the story. However, one wonders where the scrutiny was when the Program Evaluation Division (PED) of the North Carolina General Assembly released a report in December 2008. The report recommended that North Carolina:
Modernize the current alcohol beverge control system by defining the mission of local boards, providing the North Carolina ABC Commission with management tools for better oversight of boards and modifying outdated statutes for ABC store elections and purchase-transportation permits.
Clearly, the PED report highlighted some major problems and made signficant recommendations. Still reports don’t do much good if the General Assembly fails to act.