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Originally published July 12, 2010 at 6:38 PM | Page modified July 12, 2010 at 8:59 PM

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Liquor privatization measure certified for ballot

Secretary of State Sam Reed has certified one of two liquor privatization measures to the ballot.

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. —

Secretary of State Sam Reed has certified one of two liquor privatization measures to the ballot.

Initiative 1100 was certified Monday. Supporters turned in more than 390,000 voter signatures, well above the 241,000 required. A random check of signatures was completed Friday.

If I-1100 passes, the state distribution and sales system would be abolished in favor of private businesses. Retailers with licenses to sell beer and wine would be eligible to add a liquor license, while state price controls and bans against volume discounts would be repealed. Retailers also could buy directly from manufacturers.

Signatures for Initiative 1105 still need to be checked. That initiative would privatize the liquor retail system but keep in place state laws that protect liquor distributors.

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