State Liquor Stores Not the Only Voter Initiative on the Ballot This Fall

Transportation, long-term care requirements and two constitutional amendments are also up for vote.

Three , as well as , among other local and statewide elections, aren't the only items facing Edmonds voters on the Nov. 8 general election.

It's not hard to miss commercials from both sides of the issue on Initiative 1183, the second attempt in two years to close state liquor stores and open them up to private enterprise.

Last year, ballot measure I-1100, largely funded by Costco in an attempt to take liquor control away from the state, was defeated 53 percent to 47 percent. 

Here is a look, courtesy of the Washington Secretary of State, at the five ballot measures up for vote in November:

Initiative Measure No. 1125 concerns state expenditures on transportation.

This measure would prohibit the use of motor vehicle fund revenue and vehicle toll revenue for non-transportation purposes, and require that road and bridge tolls be set by the legislature and be project-specific.

Initiative Measure No. 1163 concerns long-term care workers and services for elderly and disabled people.

This measure would reinstate background checks, training, and other requirements for long-term care workers and providers, if amended in 2011; and address financial accountability and administrative expenses of the long-term in-home care program.

Initiative Measure No. 1183 concerns liquor: beer, wine, and spirits (hard liquor).

This measure would close state liquor stores and sell their assets; license private parties to sell and distribute spirits; set license fees based on sales; regulate licensees; and change regulation of wine distribution.

Senate Joint Resolution 8205

The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on repealing article VI, section 1A, of the Washington Constitution.

This amendment would remove an inoperative provision from the state constitution regarding the length of time a voter must reside in Washington to vote for president and vice-president.

Senate Joint Resolution 8206

The legislature has proposed a constitutional amendment on the budget stabilization account maintained in the state treasury.

This amendment would require the legislature to transfer additional moneys to the budget stabilization account in each fiscal biennium in which the state has received “extraordinary revenue growth,” as defined, with certain limitations.


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