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Initiative 1183 in Washington makes 2011 ballot
OLYMPIA, Washington: Washington Initiative 1183 is officially set to land on the November 8, 2011 general election ballot. The proposal, approved for ballot access on July 28, 2011 by the Washington Secretary of State, would close state liquor stores; allow state licensing of private parties. Privately owned stores would be required to have at least 10,000 square feet of retail space to sell and distribute liquor.
Although the proposed initiative is similar to a 2010 ballot measure effort - Initiative 1100, the 2011 proposal does include some differences. According to reports, the new initiative calls for a 17 percent fee from retailers on all liquor sales, as well as other fees from distributors.
The fee was developed in response to opponents of the 2010 measure who previously argued that the proposal would have cut millions of dollars from state revenue. In fiscal 2010, the state of Washington received an estimated $302 million from selling liquor. According to the Office of Financial Management the state could have lost an estimated $17 million a year if the 2010 measure had been approved.
This is the second initiative to be placed on the 2011 ballot, the other being Initiative 1125.