Local control is the primary reason Washington citizens should support I-1100 and get the state out of the liquor business and out of my community. Currently, Washington puts a store where it wants, typically in areas with less community clout than more affluent neighborhoods.
If liquor is sold in local stores, your local city council will have the final annual approval authority to say yes or no to approve a license. Further, if citizens find certain stores offensive due to theft, underage sales, or just can’t manage the sale of alcoholic beverages, it’s your local city council that will feel the citizen heat and the authority to say no to renewing that license in that store. If enough citizens tell the city council they don’t want a license renewed, the community now has local control over when and where liquor sales take place, not the state.
I-1100 should be considered a tool to finally allow local control, not state control, over the liquor business. Our Governor has actually spread, not controlled the sale of liquor outlets, so the state can no longer justify the State Liquor Board hiding under the guise of controlling the spread of alcohol.
It’s time to vote yes on I-1100 for local control of liquor sales and get the state out of our communities on this matter.