Gov's proposal to keep Va. in wholesale liquor biz

AP Political Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers tell The Associated Press that Gov. Bob McDonnell wants liquor retailing put in private hands while the state would retain control of Virginia's wholesale business.

The governor will announce his revised liquor privatization plan later this week as part of his 2011 legislative package.

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw and other legislators from both parties told the AP that McDonnell wants to end Virginia's 76-year liquor monopoly by putting state-owned Alcoholic Beverage Control stores in private hands.

But legislators say the wholesale liquor distribution business would remain in state hands.

McDonnell's proposal would also expand the number of retail liquor stores from the current 332 to 1,000 outlets.

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