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May 30, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Liquor board rejects Seattle’s proposal to extend bar closing times

In a 2-1 vote, the Washington State Liquor Control Board today rejected the city of Seattle’s request to let bars and nightclubs serve liquor later than the state’s current 2 a.m. cutoff.

Board members Sharon Foster and Ruthann Kurose said they were concerned about public safety in voting against the proposal.

Law enforcement agencies around the state opposed the proposal. Foster noted that both the Washington State Patrol and the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs opposed the measure.

Commissioners were also concerned that granting the request would come about the same time commercial outlets will be selling liquor under I-1183 and sales could increase five-fold.

Board member Chris Marr supported the proposal and said the defeat represented a lost opportunity for the board to define a new role for itself in an era of increased access to alcohol

He noted that Seattle was asking only for an opportunity to draft rules that would have addressed public safety and neighborhood concerns.

 

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