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Published on Friday, February 28, 2014

Narrow definitions added to retail spirit theft bill

ESHB 2155 originally called for local law enforcement and the state’s Liquor Control Board to take action when unacceptable loss of spirits occurred in retail stores. After much discussion, the bill was amended adding specific definitions and responsibilities.

One concern with the original bill was the lack of a definition for unacceptable loss. This is now defined as any loss within a six-month period that results in a minor unlawfully using or possessing spirits. A spirit is a product that is a hard liquor, not beer or wine. Therefore, unacceptable theft only applies to spirits, not beer or wine.

If a law enforcement agency obtains information on losses that qualify as unacceptable, that agency may monitor and regulate the retailer’s practices as necessary to prevent spirit thefts.

ESHB 2155 easily passed the house and was heard February 28 at 8am in the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.

Categories: Law & justice, Liquor