Distilled Spirits Council Commends Oregon's Spirits Markup Measure

December 20, 2010 11:09 AM

Salem, OR – The Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) unanimously passed a rule Friday requiring 45 days prior notice and a public hearing before implementing any new markups, fees or surcharges on distilled spirits, according to the Distilled Spirits Council which applauded the measure and called it a win for good government.

“The OLCC’s new rule on spirits markups is an excellent example of transparent government,” said Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council. “The OLCC and Chairman Lang are to be commended for their excellent leadership and commitment to good government and responsible business practices.”

The new measure, adopted by the OLCC under Chapter 845 on the retail price of distilled spirits, includes four provisions required before the Commission may implement a surcharge or change in the mark-up percentage for spirits that would result in a price increase for the public:

(1) Provide at least 45 days public notice before such a price increase takes effect;
(2) Provide the opportunity for submission of written comments regarding the proposed price increase;
(3) Conduct a public meeting for the purpose of receiving verbal comment
regarding the proposed price increase; and
(4) Consider any written or verbal comments before implementing such a price increase.



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