A new bill that permits the sampling of spirits in state liquor stores, has got the Senate’s approval. ESHB 1202 passed through the Senate with a 31-17 vote, a few weeks after passing the House, 80-18.
The bill asks the Liquor Control Board to select 30 different locations that will permit sampling for one year, beginning in September. In essence, the bill creates a one year pilot program that would include surveying of store managers, to gauge program success. The LCB would have to issue a report on the pilot program to the Legislature by December 2012.
Some Senators think its a good idea, others think its more regulation in an area where the state should not be:
“The whole purpose of this is to allow consumers to become familiar with new and different products,” Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, D-Seattle, said on the Senate floor.
Sen. Tim Sheldon, D-Potlatch, urged lawmakers to vote against the bill because private industry, not the state, should be in the business of selling liquor and the bill just “works around the margins.”
I’ll post more on this, if and when it passes.