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Published on Friday, March 21, 2014

Bill clarifies LCB authority to regulate stores that sell liquor.

HB 2155. Since the passage of the liquor initiative that privatized sales, many stories surfaced about liquor theft from retail stores. The legislature examined this thoroughly with a task force of stakeholders, ultimately helping Rep. Christopher Hurst (D-Enumclaw) craft HB 2155. This once very comprehensive bill was simplified and is now on its way to the Governor. 

The bill allows the Liquor Control Board (LCB) and local law enforcement to work with retailers when unacceptable loss occurs. Unacceptable loss is defined as two or more cases of loss within a six-month timeframe that results in a minor possessing or consuming alcohol. 

The bill clarifies authority for the LCB to regulate spirits for the purpose of reducing theft. This includes requiring the retail store to install a surveillance system, relocate the product and ensure a sufficient number of staff are employed. This bill does not mandate any actions by cities, simply allows them to work with local retailers.

If signed, the bill becomes effective June 12, 2014. 

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