By Mary Segawa, Washington State Liquor Control Board
Dear Prevention Friends,
With the passage of I-1183, the Liquor Board is now tasked with writing, modifying, and/or repealing the rules surrounding the private distribution and sale of liquor. We will be looking at both the RCW’s and the WAC’s (Revised Code of Washington and Washington Administrative Codes).
Due to a very short time frame, many of these will need to be done as emergency rules. To this end, we are open to hearing your thoughts and ideas.
As many of you know, the Initiative allowed for the approval of licensees with less than 10,000 square feet of retail space if the Board determines that:
...there is no retail sprits license holder in the trade area the applicant serves or proposes to serve;
...the applicant meets or upon licensure will meet operational requirements established by the Board in rule, and
...the licensee has not committed more than one public safety violation within the 2 years preceding application.
One of the difficulties of this is defining a “trade area.” If you have ideas on how trade area might be defined, please post them to this site. We will consider all suggestions.
As you think about the impact of the initiative in your community, I also encourage you to use this site to share ideas on how you might lessen that impact. For instance, Mercer Island coalition members have already been talking about how they might begin working with potential retailers, compliance rate enforcement, etc. I will also be checking this site for other ideas that can be incorporated into our rule-making.
A heartfelt thank you goes to all of you for your support of the work of the WSLCB. Your input and continuing partnership is important to us to further our shared goals of reducing underage drinking and increasing public safety.