Liquor privatization ballot initiative dropped

Liquor privatization ballot initiative dropped

The measure to privatize liquor sales and allow Oregon grocery stores to stock hard liquor will not appear on the November 2014 ballot.

The announcement came after months of legal debate over the ballot wording of two possible initiatives. While one was stuck before the Oregon Supreme Court, supporters had recently gotten the nod to start gathering signatures on a second, less preferred initiative.

Supporters said they would move forward with that initiative. But privatization backers, who call themselves Oregonians for Competition, ultimately decided the first initiative was the strongest and the turnaround too tight to gather enough signatures for that one, with a July 3 deadline looming. 

Read more at OregonLive.com