Receipts from operations of the Liquor Commission are transferred to the General Fund on a daily basis. The General Fund advances cash to the Liquor Commission for the purchase of liquor inventory.
By statute, all liquor and beer sold in the state must be sold through a sales and distribution system operated by the state Liquor Commission, comprising three members appointed by the Governor with the consent of the Executive Council.
The Commission makes all liquor purchases directly from the manufacturers and importers and operates state liquor stores in cities and towns that accept the provisions of the local option law. The Commission is authorized to lease and equip stores, warehouses, and other merchandising facilities for liquor sales, to supervise the construction of state-owned liquor stores at various locations in the state, and to sell liquor through retail outlets as well as direct sales to restaurants, hotels, and other organizations.
The Commission also charges permit and license fees for the sale of beverages through private distributors and retailers and an additional fee of 30 cents per gallon on beverages sold by such retailers.