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It's Unclear What Will Happen If Both Liquor Privatization Measures Pass

By Erica C. Barnett June 22, 2010

The campaign for Initiative 1100, one of two dueling initiatives that would privatize liquor sales in Washington State, has announced that it will turn in more than 375,000 signatures---enough that the measure will make it onto the November ballot.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the competing campaign for Initiative 1105, another liquor privatization measure, says that initiative will "absolutely" gain enough signatures to make the ballot as well.

The main difference between the two initiatives is that 1100 would not include any price controls and would make the cost of liquor licenses the same for both small and large retailers; 1105 would include some price controls and would require large retailers to pay more for licenses.

Assuming both measures make it onto the November ballot, it's unclear what the implications will be if both of the two conflicting proposals win. "That's the million-dollar question," says I-1105 spokeswoman Charla Neuman. Dan Sytman, a spokesman for state attorney general Rob McKenna, has not yet gotten back to PubliCola about which law will take precedence if both pass.
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