Thursday Jolt: Sore Loser

By Afternoon Jolt January 12, 2012

For today's Jolt, we'll go with sore loser.

Check out this ornery bill re: Costco's big win last year:

AN ACT Relating to prohibiting the issuance of spirits retail licenses to certain membership organizations


The legislature finds that buying in bulk and in supersized packaging, a pattern of activity that is promoted and encouraged by membership organizations, increases abusive consumption. In order to protect the public interest, advance public safety, and prevent abusive consumption of spirits, the Washington state liquor control board is explicitly prohibited from issuing spirits retail licenses to certain membership organizations.

No spirits retail license may be issued to a grocery store licensee that is a membership organization that requires members to be at least eighteen years of age.

And yes. You have to be 18 to get a Costco card. We have a call in t sponsor, Rep. Sam Hunt (D-22, Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater), to find out if he's serious. UPDATE: Hunt was definitely serious, though, he acknowledges the bill isn't going anywhere. "I guess I kind of wanted to stick it in the eye of someone who bought the initiative process," he says, explaining that he found Costco's record-setting $22 million spend on the liquor privatization initiative which passed last November "frustrating."

Hunt also says he was against the initiative because he fears it will lead to problems with underage drinking, "not to mention the 900 family wage jobs that we lost at state liquor stores."

Thanks to Cola tipper Jason at the Washington Policy Center.
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