West Seattle reps split on store beer/wine-tasting bill

The State House has given thumbs-up to the grocery-store beer/wine tasting bill, discussed here last month after e-mail from concerned Admiral resident Liz Wilhelm. At the time, she wrote “thank goodness none of our 34th District legislators support this bill” — but in addition to State Sen. Joe McDermott having voted for it in the State Senate (before Liz’s note), one of West Seattle’s two State House members, Rep. Eileen Cody, voted for it Friday. The other one, Rep. Sharon Nelson, voted no; roll-call links are on the bill’s official status page. A few interesting excerpts from the legislative staff report on the bill:

The pilot project is for 30 stores with at least six tastings (but no more than once per month) at each location between October 1, 2008, and September 30, 2009.

The pilot project locations must be equally allocated between independently-owned and chain grocery stores. To be eligible, the primary activity of the store must be the retail sale of grocery products for off-premises consumption and the store must have a fully enclosed retail area of at least 9,000 square feet. …

Control of sampling will be by hand stamps. Tastings will not be a party event.

P.S. If you’re wondering about another bill discussed here — the speeder-cam bill – it doesn’t appear to have moved out of State House committee-land.

4 Replies to "West Seattle reps split on store beer/wine-tasting bill"

  • Jiggers March 10, 2008 (2:46 am)

    I love it..

  • miws March 10, 2008 (12:32 pm)

    “…..the store must have a fully enclosed retail area of at least 9,000 square feet. …”


    West Seattle Thriftway (from King County Parcel Viewer):
    Gross sq. ft. 33,706
    Net sq. ft. 32,239





  • Michael March 10, 2008 (3:54 pm)

    Congratulations to the legislators who voted for this, for recognizing that legislating prohibition doesn’t help anyone.

    The answer to those who are scared because they have kids: European kids seem to grow up just fine without the ultra-restrictive liquor laws we “enjoy” here in WA. Just don’t give the kids your wine sample and they should be OK.

  • Keith March 10, 2008 (5:24 pm)

    I’m keeping an eye on Fido and Kitty, just in case.

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