Maine lawmakers discuss new state liquor contract

9:58 AM, May 1, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine lawmakers drafting a bill for the state's next wholesale liquor contract say the new contract would not require the contractor to pay a $25,000 upfront application fee.

Under the bill, the state would seek bids for a contractor to run the administration, marketing, warehousing and distribution of liquor in Maine. The contract will replace the state's 10-year deal with Maine Beverage Co. that expires in 2014.

Maine is trying to recapture millions of dollars per year in revenue that lawmakers say is flowing to New Hampshire, where liquor prices are lower.

The Portland Press Herald reports that the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee on Tuesday did not discuss the more contentious aspects of the liquor contract, such as the use of the revenues.

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