Plan to privatize liquor sales likely headed to ballot
The people behind the campaign to allow grocery stores to sell liquor in Washington are “confident” they have enough signatures to put Initiative 1100 on the ballot.
Sharon Gilpin with Modernize Washington tells me Costco, which has been a huge supporter of the proposal to open up liquor sales, stopped collecting signatures earlier this week. In addition to supporting the Initiative 1100 by allowing employees to collect signatures at their warehouse stores, Costco contributed more than $500,000 to the effort.
“The campaign is still collecting signatures on the street and we are going to do a count at the beginning of next week,” says Gilpin. “We feel confident that we’ve made it, but can’t confirm that yet.”
Initiative 1100 needs about 242,000 signatures in order to earn a place on the November ballot. Here’s the 27-page description of Initiative 1100. It boils down to this:
This measure would close state liquor stores; authorize sale, distribution, and importation of spirits by private parties; and repeal certain requirements that govern the business operations of beer and wine distributors and producers.
If voters approve the initiative, businesses that sell beer and wine, such as grocery stores, would also be able to sell hard liquor. Price controls and volume discounts would also be eliminated.