Washington Alcohol Regulations by the Drink, Initiative 171 (1948)

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The Washington Alcohol Regulations by the Drink Initiative, also known as Initiative 171, was on the November 2, 1948 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People, where it was approved. The measure regulated and controlled the sale of alcohol by the drink and provided for less distribution of alcohol serving licenses.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 171 (1948)
Approveda Yes 416,227 52.71%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

An act providing for the regulation and control of the sale of intoxicating liquor by the drink; restricting licenses to restaurants, hotels, clubs, certain places on trains, boats and airplanes, and qualified tourist establishments; limiting such licenses to one for each fifteen hundred (1500) of population; prescribing license fees up to one thousand dollars ($1,000) per annum and surety bond of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) for payment of penalties; providing terms of office for liquor board members, with removal for cause only; distributing such license fees to the State College and University for medical and biological research; defining terms and repealing conflicting acts.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 171 was filed on January 19, 1948. Signatures were submitted to qualify it for the ballot. The measure was placed on the ballot as provided for by the state constitution.[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Office of the Secretary of State, "1948 Voters Pamphlet," accessed September 11, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Washington Secretary of State, "Initiatives to the People," accessed September 11, 2013