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Task force: Make change in liquor sales

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon needs to give consumers more access to spirits, says a state task force working on the state’s system of tight control over liquor sales.

One idea from the committee convened by a top liquor regulator would be to expand sales to big grocery stores, and another would do that and add in small wine shops.

On Thursday, that group made final its recommendations for the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.

They would call on the Legislature to increase consumer access but stop short of saying exactly how to do that, The Oregonian (http://is.gd/nNCSgt ) reported Friday.

The commission is under pressure to consider changes because of a potential ballot measure to privatize the liquor business, as Washington did. In Oregon, liquor stores, though private, are licensed by the state.

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