Washington's New Liquor Law Has 'Ripple Effect' in Oregon

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Stoel Rives attorney Susan Johnson was recently featured in an Elizabeth Hovde column in The Oregonian, where she discussed the regional impact of Washington state's new liquor law. Washington State Initiative 1183, which passed with 58% voter support in the November 2011 general election, privatized liquor sales in Washington and ended the state's liquor monopoly. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission, which regulates all alcohol sales in Oregon, has since proposed allowing more liquor stores to sell beer and wine along with spirits.

Johnson, who is counseling clients on implementation of initiative 1183, said she is "not at all surprised that Washington's law is having a ripple effect on other control states."

Read Hovde's column

"OLCC proposals: Washington's new liquor law has ripple effect" was published by The Oregonian, December 31, 2011.

For full coverage on liquor privatization efforts in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Utah, visit the Alcoholic Beverages Law blog.

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