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Judge reverses ruling, upholds liquor privatization

Post by Jordan Schrader / The News Tribune on March 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm with No Comments »
March 19, 2012 5:12 pm

A Cowlitz County judge today reversed his earlier ruling and upheld the liquor-privatization initiative.

The issue was whether the 2011 ballot measure illegally dealt with more than one subject by diverting an extra $10 million in liquor revenue to local governments for public safety programs. Attorney General Rob McKenna’s office argued the topics are closely connected, and says the judge agreed.

The state will continue to implement privatization while opponents appeal to the state Supreme Court, according to news reports. Here’s the Times’ Melissa Allison’s report from the courtroom. And here’s coverage by the AP’s Shannon Dininny, who notes that another challenge to the initiative is waiting in King County court.

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