Liquor privatization is back: A new initiative filed Friday by Costco and friends proposes that only big-old retail operations—those covering more than 10,000 square feet—be eligible to sell liquor.
This is clearly a response to the anti-privatization campaign last November that focused on the dangers of selling booze at gas stations and convenience stores.
On Saturday, the State senate passed a measure (brokered by Republican Senator Joe Zarelli) allowing the WSLCB to solicit bids from private contractors interested in taking over distribution of booze. The plan is to put the feelers out and see what kind of money can be made by leasing it out. It’s just a toe dip towards privatization, really, but if it turns out the cash is there it could mean major changes in the way liquor makes it way to restaurants, bars and retailers.
Complicated stuff, this. If you find yourself wanting to know more, you can head to Liberty Bar on Capitol Hill this Sunday, May 29. At 12:30pm the bar will host a meeting to discuss the pros and cons of possible changes to our liquor laws.