California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
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Seal of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
Logo of the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
|Formed||January 1, 1955|
|Headquarters||Sacramento, California |
|Employees||126 Sworn |
|Annual budget||$56.2 Million |
|Parent department||Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency|
The ABC was created by constitutional amendment effective January 1, 1955, as an independent department of the executive branch of the state government. The Board of Equalization no longer has any responsibility in liquor control matters except as a taxing authority.
The department is headed by a director appointed by the Governor of California, and its two divisions are divided into districts based on population and geographical needs.
ABC has the exclusive power, in accordance with laws enacted, to license and regulate the manufacture, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages in California. It also has the power for good cause to deny, suspend or revoke any specific alcoholic beverage license.
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- "Number of California alcohol cops drops as industry grows". Sacramento Bee. 2016-01-04. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
- "Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control". AllGov. 2012. Retrieved 2016-04-26.
- "California ABC - Mission Statement". Abc.ca.gov. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2013-12-03.
- California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
- Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control in the California Code of Regulations
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