STATE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS;
September 29, 2003
LIQUOR CONTROL COMMISSION
By: Daniel Duffy, Principal Analyst
You asked for the Liquor Control Commission’s responsibilities, membership, and compensation.
The Liquor Control Commission was established in 1933 when the current Liquor Control Act was adopted. Until July 1, 1995, the commission oversaw the activities of the Department of Liquor Control, adopted regulations, and heard and ruled on complaints. In 1995, the Department of Liquor Control was made a division of the Department of Consumer Protection (DCP), the consumer protection commissioner was made the chairman of the commission, and most of the commission’s duties were transferred to DCP. Today, the commission holds hearings on matters affecting liquor permits. In other words, the commission functions like other licensing boards in DCP.
The commission has three members. Its chairman is, ex officio, the consumer protection commissioner (CGS § 30-2). The governor appoints the other two members in the same manner that he appoints members of licensing boards (CGS § 4-9a). No more than two liquor control commissioners may be of the same political party. They must take the oath prescribed for executive officers.
The two appointed commissioners are Gary Koval (Columbia, Republican) and Domenic Mascolo (Waterbury, Democrat). They were first appointed on March 29, 1995 and reappointed on January 8, 2003.
The two commissioners each have an annual salary of $ 43,337 for working 20 hours per week, according to the Office of Fiscal Analysis. They are compensated according to Executive Compensation Plan Level 4.