Delegate Bill Frick on Bill to Put MoCo’s Liquor Monopoly to Referendum (VIDEO)

Maryland Delegate Bill Frick is pushing state legislation that could end the liquor monopoly in Montgomery County. If the General Assembly passes this bill in the upcoming legislative session, Frick said voters would decide at the ballot box in 2016 if they want to keep Montgomery County’s liquor monopoly in place or not.

In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Frick says the Montgomery County Delegation to the Maryland Assembly will hold a hearing on his bill on Nov. 30th in Rockville.

You can find out more about the Nov. 30 hearing, here. You can find out more about the bill, here.

Montgomery County Executive Releases Statement on Liquor Control

County Executive Ike Leggett

In a statement released on Thursday, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett proposed to put the Department of Liquor Control’s (DLC) wholesale and retail operations under a Liquor Control Authority. “A Liquor Authority will bring private sector experience and management to the table in the form of a Board of Directors; the organization will be more nimble and […]

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DLC Director George Griffin is "Moving On"


UPDATED The long-serving director of the Montgomery County Department of Liquor Control (DLC), George Griffin, is “moving on,” according to a county memo that was sent out late Friday afternoon by Chief Administrative Officer Timothy Firestine. Griffin has worked for Montgomery County government for 21 years, according to the memo. Fariba Kassiri, assistant chief administrative […]

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Liquor Control and Education Top Concerns at Budget Forum in Bethesda (VIDEO)


Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett hosted a budget forum in Bethesda on Monday, January 11.  Residents shared their concerns about the Fiscal Year 2017 Operating Budget. MyMCMedia’s Willie James Inman reports. Related:

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Department of Liquor Control Issues Apology Following Holiday Delivery Problems (PHOTO)

County Liquor Store Sign

The Department of Liquor Control issued an apology letter to restaurants and stores which it delivers alcohol supplies to last week after an error caused delivery problems. The letter signed by Director George Griffin states that human error resulted in the consolidation of five files into a single file. This created a single delivery schedule, […]

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Franchot to Announce Economic Study of Ending Montgomery County Alcohol Monopoly (PHOTO)

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot

Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot will announce the results of a study on the impact of private sale and distribution of alcohol in Montgomery County on Tuesday morning. The study was conducted by the state Bureau of Revenue and Estimates. Comptroller Franchot will be joined by small business owners and local leaders who support ending Montgomery […]

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Executive Leggett Testifies at Local Bills Hearing on Liquor Control Legislation (VIDEO)


The Montgomery County delegation held a local bills hearing on Nov. 30 at the Council Chambers in Rockville. There was a packed crowd for the hearing that lasted until 2 a.m. on Dec. 1st. County Executive Ike Leggett was among those in the room to testify about a bill that could impact the way the […]

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The Future of Liquor Control in Montgomery County (VIDEO)


After months of Ad Hoc Committee meetings and plans for reform, the future of the Department of Liquor Control continues to be a hot topic among local leaders in Montgomery County. MyMCMedia’s Sonya Burke reports. You can find out more about the delegation’s Nov. 30th hearing, here.  

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County Executive Ike Leggett on Liquor Control Legislation and Taxpayer Impact (VIDEO)


Liquor control legislation continues to be a hot button issue among local leaders. In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett talks about how removing the monopoly would impact taxpayers.  

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Councilmember Roger Berliner Fields Questions About Liquor Control Legislation (VIDEO)


Montgomery County Councilmember Roger Berliner said he supports State Delegate Bill Frick’s bill that would call for a referendum on the 2016 ballot about liquor control in Montgomery County. In this MyMCMedia Extra video, Berliner is asked by reporters about his position on liquor control and what a change in the system could mean for […]

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Liquor Control Questions Dominate Council President George Leventhal's News Briefing (VIDEO)

Council President George Leventhal

Montgomery County Council President George Leventhal met with reporters on Nov. 16 for his weekly briefing and he was joined by Council Vice President Nancy Floreen. Leventhal began the briefing with a report about his recent trip to El Salvador. He also previewed tomorrow’s scheduled Council discussion about the cost drivers of government. But it […]

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Sonya Burke is the Multimedia Manager at Montgomery Community Media (MCM). You can email story ideas at or reach her on Twitter @SonyaNBurke.


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