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Governor McDonnell would consider statewide referendum on alcohol privatization

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November 5, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

RICHMOND, Virginia: Governor Bob McDonnell is open to having a statewide referendum on privatizing alcohol control in the Commonwealth of Virginia[1].

During an interview on WRVA radio, the Governor said: "I think the idea would be embraced publicly, but I want to get the savings now." McDonnell further stated that: "I've just got to convince the legislature to do that."[1].

McDonnell also said that a proposed referendum would be different from Washington Initiative 1100, which was on the November 2, 2010 ballot. McDonnell thinks a referendum would pass in Virginia because of an different electorate than in Washington State and only 1,000 retail units would be created upon voter approval. If I-1100 was approved by Washington voters, the plan would have called for 3,000 new retail stores to be created[1].

The Governor is planning to re-tool the proposal in time for January of 2011 when lawmakers return to Richmond to finish the remainder of the legislative session[1].

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