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Bill #:  2155

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Preventing theft of alcoholic spirits from licensed retailers

Companion bill #: No Companion Bill.

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Summary/AWC comments


Rep. Hurst (D-Enumclaw) and many law enforcement agencies say liquor theft continues to be a problem since privatization of liquor sales in Washington. Original versions of this bill were comprehensive, but the version that passed was simplified to just address a few areas.

HB 2155 provides power to the Liquor Control Board (LCB) to further regulate retail licensees where theft is an issue. The bill authorizes LCB to:

  • Require implementation of inventory control or recordkeeping system;
  • Require installation of adequate store security systems and secure product placement
  • Require a sufficient number of trained staff to be employed at an establishment
  • The LCB may suspend or revoke a spirit license if the licensee is consistently noncompliant.

Additionally, the bill permits state and local law enforcement agencies to consult with the retail store to identify theft issues and reach a cooperative agreement to address the theft problem.

Unacceptable loss is defined as two or more instances of loss documented within six months that can be attributed to a minor consuming or being in possession of spirits.

The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) want to identify problem retailers in communities in order to better target limited resources and crack down on retailers who refuse to address ongoing theft. AWC is supported WASPC’s efforts.

If the bill is signed, it will become effective June 12, 2014.

For questions, please contact Candice Bock - candiceb@awcnet.org or
Brittany Sill -brittanys@awcnet.org

Latest version of bill:

Link to WA Legislative bill page

Official title:

AN ACT Relating to preventing theft of alcoholic spirits from licensed retailers;


Dahlquist, Hurst, S. Hunt, Morrell, Moscoso

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AWC Contacts

Analyst:  Jane Wall
Lobbyist:  Candice Bock

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