Washington State: Governor Suspends Wine Rules
on 03/12/10 at 10:54 amIndustry
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Last month, Washington voters rejected two initiatives that would have deregulated the state’s liquor trade—including wine sales. Now, Gov. Chris Gregoire has rejected agency rulemaking across the board, via an executive order intended to create a stable environment for small businesses during tough economic times. The blanket suspension covers rules pertaining to wine sales.
Gregoire’s office issued a statement announcing the order Nov. 17. It directs state agencies to suspend development and the adoption of new rules except in cases of public health, safety and welfare, or where “the rule is required by federal or state law, required by a court order, or critically necessary to manage budget shortfalls, maintain fund solvency or for revenue generating activities.” The order suspends rulemaking through Dec. 31, 2011.