The Washington Supreme Court has agreed to take on review of the WASAVP v. State of Washington lawsuit, which challenges the constitutionality of I-1183. In taking on review, the court has set a quick hearing and promised an expedited return of its opinion.
Hopefully, we don’t need to talk much more about I-1183 and the WASAVP lawsuit that was filed last year. I have been chatting about these items for quite some time now, but if you want more information you can follow these links:
- I-1183 passes in Washington, forcing the privatization of liquor sales and other regulation
- Two lawsuits are filed opposing the initiative as unconstitutional
- Superior Court grants the State its Motion for Summary Judgment
As of now, it appears that implementation will go into effect on time. Cowlitz Superior Court Judge Stephen Warning had previously decided that the concepts of regulating both alcohol and public safety have long been intrinsically intertwined.
The Supreme Court is considering a pending Motion for Injunction to stop the implementation of the Initiative until after the Court can make its ruling. The hearing in the matter is set for May 17, 2012, and I expect a ruling shortly thereafter. The case is assigned as Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention v. State, No. 87188-4.