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Liquor Ruling 3/20/2012
Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning has reversed his March 2 ruling and upheld Initiative 1183, allowing the state to move forward with the liquor sales initiative approved by nearly 60 percent of the state’s voters.

Responding to yesterdays ruling Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna said,  “Washington voters said they supported privatizing liquor sales in our state and yesterdays court ruling allows the state to continue to work to implement their directive.”
In Judge Warning’s earlier ruling, he found the initiative violated a state rule prohibiting initiatives from addressing more than one subject—also known as the “single-subject” rule—because it included a section directing $10 million of the liquor revolving fund proceeds to public safety.

The state argued the source of funds and how the funds are allocated are closely connected – and therefore the section did not violate the rule.

In his decision yesterday, Judge Warning agreed with the state.


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