The most disappointing aspect of last year's liquor privatization initiative, I-1183, may have the nearly sole-source funding of Costco, making it the most openly acknowledged instance of a corporation outright purchasing a favorable state law via the initiative process.
Another disappointment for those of us who have supported liqour privatization for its economic development potential was the way the initiative limited licensees, serving Costco's business and political interests, by cutting out small grocers, wine shops and other possible outlets and denying consumers the benefits of increased access and market competition.
Raise a glass, then, to Rep. Sam Hunt (D-22), who's tossed this
in the hopper...
AN ACT Relating to prohibiting the issuance of spirits retail licenses to certain membership organizations
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
The legislature finds that buying in bulk and in supersized packaging, a pattern of activity that is promoted and encouraged by membership organizations, increases abusive consumption. In order to protect the public interest, advance public safety, and prevent abusive consumption of spirits, the Washington state liquor control board is explicitly prohibited from issuing spirits retail licenses to certain membership organizations.
No spirits retail license may be issued to a grocery store licensee that is a membership organization that requires members to be at least eighteen years of age.
Heh™. Wonder if Costco will ask for a refund if it passes...
Labels: Costco, I-1183, Legislation, Legislature, Private Liquor Sales, Sam Hunt