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Special session is on, McDonnell's ABC privatization plan approved

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October 5, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

RICHMOND, Virginia: A special session of the Virginia General Assembly is more than likely to happen after a Governor's blue-ribbon commission adopted o of Governor Bob McDonnell's major privatization plans[1].

The Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring approved a proposal to privatize the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on October 4, 2010. Three Democrat lawmakers on the Commission voted against the proposal. Those lawmakers were State Delegate Robert Brink along with State Senators Mary Whipple and Louise Lucas[1].

Despite some commission members raised concerns of possible revenue losses of $47 million dollars from privatizing the ABC, the McDonnell Administration assured commission members that other government reforms would mitigate revenue losses. The Commonwealth of Virginia has not allowed private liquor sales since 1934 when the ABC was first formed[1].

No date has been set on when the General Assembly is going to convene for special session[1].

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