Approved liquor privatization measure faces lawsuit in state of Washington
Beside privatizing liquor sales, the unions note that the measure also changes regulations on wine distribution, liquor franchises, and alcohol advertising. This, they argue, violates the state's single-subject rule.
They also argue that these changes were designed to benefit the chief backer of the measure, Costco. Costco contributed an estimated $21 million to the effort in support of Initiative 1183.
About 1,000 union workers are expected to lose their current jobs under the plan.
The measure was approved by 59% on November 8, 2011.
- The press release for the lawsuit can be found here.
- Washington 2011 ballot measures
- 2011 ballot measures
- Washington Liquor State Licensing, Initiative 1183 (2011)