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Beer Law News & Legal Insight from the Brewery Attorneys at Reiser Legal. The Big Battle Over Initiative 1100 & 1105

Posted on | August 27, 2010 by | 3 Comments

Are BevMo and Binnys on the way to Washington? Who knows, but the chips are starting to stack against Initiative 1100.

***This post was originally published on, a seattle beer blog, to which I regularly offer commentary.***

Well, its getting even more interesting. The battle over Washington State Initiatives 1100 & 1105 is heating up, more and more, each and every day.

In case you don’t know, Initiative 1100 was introduced back in June 2010 to privatize liquor sales in Washington and to deregulate much of the industry, allowing alcohol to be sold more freely. Initiative 1105 is very similar, but institutes price controls for liquor permits based upon the volume sold. There is much more on these initiatives here on Wikipedia, here on Beer Blotter, and here on Washington Beer Blog.

But recently, the government stuck its head in to the fight – providing a bounty of scary statistics. The Office of Financial Management purportedly performed a study, finding that the State stands to lose between $277 – 730 Million (depending on the measure that passes) if the Initiatives become law.

Opponents of the statistics say that the State is failing to run the numbers on the increase in alcohol taxes that will be raised by private sales of liquor. Furthermore, the State failed to measure the expected increase in alcohol sales in general, due to deregulation of the distribution and sales system.

But now, we have a purported beverage industry blogger bringing a fresh perspective to the Initiatives. Yes 1100–No 1105 is a blog written by an anonymous source, urging consumer to say Yes to 1100 and No to 1105. According to the blogger, the problem with 1105 is that its backed by enormous out of state distributors, hoping to gain a monopoly on the sale of alcohol.

The blogger has even pointed out that Young’s Columbia (one of the great beer distributors we have here in Washington) has contributed a hefty sum to the NO to 1100/1105 campaign put on by Washington Beer & Wine Wholesales PAC. This comes just after Young’s committed $1 Million to the campaign to pass 1105.

Apparently, its 1105 or nothing at all for the distributor. The blogger also has a sneaking suspicion that 1105 was a smokescreen to drag down 1100, all with the intention of supporting a NO campaign in the end. We will never know, and we aren’t speculating either way.

Here is the blogger’s short statement:

Washington State will vote on two liquor privatization initiatives this November– Initiative 1100 and Initiative 1105. I-1100 will provide a fair marketplace for consumers, while improving the Liquor Control Board’s ability to enforce important alcohol safety laws. I-1105 would only guarantee monopoly privileges to the large out-of-state wholesalers who put 1105 on the ballot, with no benefits for consumers and no improvements in public health and safety.

Anyways, we at Beer Blotter have vowed to stay out of the fight and reserve our opinions for vote day. But, we are committed to providing readers with all the resources they can grab, so that you can make an informed decision – come vote day.

Check out the Yes 1100 — No 1105 blog, as well as the vast assortment of other resources and make your own call. Leave comments below if you have something to say.


3 Responses to “ The Big Battle Over Initiative 1100 & 1105”

  1. Liquor Control Board Executive Openly Opposes Initiative 1100 – Citizen Files Ethics Complaint : The Brewery Law Blog
    September 13th, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

    […] is still running hot and heavy. The animus shown by both parties, for each other, is thick. We have discussed it a few times, here on our […]

  2. Beer Law & Legis: WA Liquor Control Board Opposes Initiative 1100, Faces Citizen Opposition « Beer Blotter: Seattle based. World focused.
    September 14th, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    […] is still running hot and heavy. The animus shown by both parties, for each other, is thick. We have discussed it a few times, here on our […]

  3. JPB
    October 17th, 2010 @ 7:30 am

    So we raised taxes on cigaretttes and forbade smoking in bars becaused of the Public Health. Yet we are going to make it easier for people to get drunk by privatizing the liquor business I guess Costco, QFC and Safeway need more profits.

    What is certain is that the real reason Washington voters didn’t vote to prohibit smoking within 25 feet of a bldg because of health concern. What a bunch of liars and hypocrites.

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