Washington "Hotelmen's Liquor", Initiative 18 (1916)

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The Washington "Hotelmen's Liquor" Initiative, also known as Initiative 18, was on the November 7, 1916 ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the Legislature, where it was defeated. The measure would have removed restrictions on households purchasing alcohol and home consumption, authorized the selling of alcohol at hotels and provided for the licensing of brewers.[1]

Election results

Washington Initiative 18 (1916)
Defeatedd No263,39057.63%
Yes 48,354 42.37%

Election results via: Washington Secretary of State

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:[1]

An act relating to alcoholic liquor; to remove burdensome restrictions upon the rights of householders to purchase and keep on hand alcoholic beverages for home consumption; to authorize the manufacture and sale of malt liquor; to authorize the furnishing of alcoholic beverages to guests in hotels; to authorize the granting of licenses to brewers, to their selling agents, and to hotel keepers; to restrict and regulate the business to be carried on under such licenses; declaring violations of such restrictions to be misdemeanors, and prescribing penalties therefore.[2]

Path to the ballot

Initiative 18 was filed on December 14, 1914. Signatures were submitted to qualify the measure to be sent to the legislature. When the legislature did not take action on the proposed legislation, 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, "1916 Voters Pamphlet", accessed September 17, 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 Legislature", accessed September 17, 2013