How a Local ABC Board Works

Some rules and regulations from state statute.

According to state statute, township council can appoint a local ABC board, comprising three people, no more than two of whom can be from the same political party. Appointments last three years; however, one of the initial appointments will be for one year, another for two years, and the third for three years.

Appointees cannot receive salaries, except in first-class counties. Burlington is a second-class county.

Members of the ABC board cannot be a state, county or municipal "official, officer or employee."

Anyone with an interest of any kind in an alcohol-related business is also prohibited from serving on the local ABC board, and appointees are also prohibited from (duh) accepting gifts or "anything of value" from licensees or license applicants.

The township may appoint a secretary to the ABC board—which is responsible for investigating applicants and inspecting premises to be licensed, conducting public hearings, keeping minutes, etc.—and that person would be paid a salary.

While the township is allotted a total of six licenses (one per 3,000 residents; the 2010 Census put Moorestown's population at 20,726), council can limit the number of licenses it issues by ordinance, according to state statute, meaning it doesn't have to give out all six. 

While the state ABC can offer guidance, it has no involvement with ABC boards at the municipal level, spokesman Zach Hosseini said. "We don't have to sign off on anything and they don't need to tell us anything."

Rob Scott November 10, 2011 at 04:15 PM
JustWondering, My apologies. That should be one license per 3,000 residents. I'll make the correction immediately. Thank you.
JamesDennis November 10, 2011 at 07:11 PM
I don't think our Town Council can spell, so why put them in charge of ABC?
Barney Boozeman November 10, 2011 at 07:58 PM
Itm-be nice. I agree we shouldn't be "sabotaging" anyone including town council.
Bob Dannheim November 12, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Over the past months, I noted comments by M. Verado to be insiteful and displaying in depth knowlege of the issues discussed. Whoever he(or she) is, time to step forward and take a seat on the ABC Board! You have one vote already!
M.Verado November 12, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Bob, Thanks for the vote, but I would be extremely surprised if this, or any Council would even consider a liquor control board. The proverbial buck always stops at Council's doorstep. There is no sensible reason for them to create a board having such authority that the guidance and dictates of the duly-elected Council would have no effect or control over said board. The path of issuing licenses, conditions and/or restrictions going forward is delicate, and should be guided by the elected officials. Who wants the risk of having a fox, or for that matter, a sheep in the Hen house. Liquor Control Boards are generally created only in areas of large populations where numerous licenses are issued, and the rules are already set.


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