...in terms of who is running and setting the rules for which bit of the beer and booze market, that is. I had to read this article a few times before I got any sense of who had authority over whom:
Wicomico County Council Vice President Stevie Prettyman stood up during the public meeting Tuesday and dropped three six-packs of beer on the table. In grandiose style, meant to make a statement and command action, the three-term councilwoman said she purchased Bud Light, Natural Light and Miller High Life from all three Wicomico Wine & Spirits shops Monday -- a violation of a county-liquor control board agreement from 2004.So it appears that this one state's County Liquor Boards, public bodies, and beer sellers, who are private, are somewhat responsive to their county government yet also the state leading to Wicomico public stores selling beer except when it promises not to except at holiday times if people really need beer. This seems to set up 24 different sets of rules in the one jurisdiction. This website for another Maryland county puts it this way:
Prettyman said she acted after receiving multiple complaints from citizens about underhanded sales. These were the same types of complaints that came in 2004 about a year after the third Wicomico liquor dispensary on East Naylor Mill Road opened. The County Council responded by asking H. Stewart Haemel, Wicomico County Liquor Control Board chairman, to cease the beer sales.
...the Board of License Commissioners is responsible for licensing and regulation, and its office shares the responsibility of enforcement with the Police; while the Department of Liquor Control handles the distribution to all beverage alcohol outlets and owns and operates 25 retail stores. These 25 stores maintain exclusive right to the sale of spirits for carryout while sharing the privilege of selling wine and beer with off-premise license-holders.This is one of the odder public administration schemes I have seen - up there with the separate beer boards of Tennessee for schismistic bureaucratization. There is even a group called Marylanders for Better Beer and Wine Laws...but I am not sure if "better" is a euphemism for clearer laws or more Byzantine ones.