New Privatization Bill Introduced in Washington

Initiatives 1100 and 1105 may have failed to pass the November vote, but proponents of privatization in Washington are not giving up. Senators Tim Sheldon (D), Phil Rockefeller (D) and Curtis King (R) have introduced SB 5111. The bill, planned as a referendum, would once again allow voters to decide whether or not they want to privatize spirits sales in the state. If passed, it would require the Washington State Liquor Control Board to "close all state liquor stores and state liquor distribution facilities," and to "sell at auction all assets pertaining to the state sale and distribution of liquor. Funds received from these auctions shall be deposited in the state general fund." The deadline is July 1, 2013.

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