Seattle: Passage of both liquor initiatives? Legal outcome not easy to predict

on 19/10/10 at 3:37 pm


It’s a question being asked regularly these days: What if voters pass both Initiatives 1100 and 1105, which propose ending the state’s liquor monopoly, but offer different systems to replace it?

The short answer: No one knows.

“There wouldn’t be anything that would happen automatically” to resolve the differences, said Assistant Attorney General Jim Pharris.

Ultimately, Pharris said, a court or the Legislature likely would decide which measure β€” or which portions of each β€” should be enforced. But exactly who would take the matter to court, or put it before the Legislature, isn’t known.

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