The Associated Press March 18, 2011, 4:32PM ET

New Wash. liquor privatization initiative filed

A new initiative to privatize state liquor sales has been filed with the Washington Secretary of State's office.

In November, Washington voters rejected two ballot initiatives to privatize liquor sales.

But conservative blogger Stefan Sharkansky says his new proposal would maintain tax revenue and impose tighter control on private liquor sales. He helped craft last year's Initiative 1100.

Sharkansky's initiative would only allow stores with a 5-year record of no public safety violations to sell liquor, seeking to allay last year's fears of minors gaining easier access to alcohol.

Private retailers would collect liquor sales tax at the current level, so the state would still receive revenue to continue public service programs.

Sharkansky says privatization would allow the state Liquor Control Board to focus on controlling liquor, rather than promoting it.


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