Portland, OR -

An Oregon Liquor Control Commission task force says the state needs to change the system to increase consumer access to spirits.

It will be up to the Legislature to decide, and the task force suggested some ideas Thursday in recommendations to the commission.

The Oregonian reports one idea would expand sales to big grocery stores.

The commission is being forced to consider changes by a potential ballot measure that would privatize the booze business, as Washington did. In Oregon, liquor stores are private businesses, licensed by the state.

The liquor commission will hold a hearing next Friday on the task force recommendations. State lawmakers could consider changes in the February session.