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A liquor dispensary by any other name…

The Idaho State Liquor Dispensary proposed legislation this morning to change its name to the Idaho State Liquor Division, and to change its chief’s title from “superintendent” of the dispensary to “director” of the division. “It’s strictly a name change to modernize,” Deputy Superintendent Larry Maneely told the House State Affairs Committee. “‘Dispensary’ has a very clinical sound to it. ‘Superintendent’ sounds educationally oriented, and it’s very different from that.” A few committee members joked before the meeting that they should change the name to “Bob.” But when they went over the proposed legislation, several committee members had minor questions about wording, and in the end decided to hold off on the bill and let the Liquor Dispensary - still called that for now - rework it. “I’ll sit with you and talk about those changes,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Eagle, an attorney, told Maneely. “But I think if these changes are made, there’s no problem with that bill.” Maneely said the old words - dispensary and superintendent - come from 70-year-old laws, and they’re “antiquated.”

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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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