Washington liquor privatization plan faces legal challenge
Unions say law based on ballot initiative violates state Constitution.
OLYMPIA, WA, December 6, 2011: A recent ballot initiative that would sell off Washington's public liquor stores is being challenged in court. Constitutionally, legislation must only address one subject, contend unions representing workers in the liquor industry who stand to lose their jobs once a voter-approved privatization plan goes into effect. For this reason, the unions have filed a lawsuit challenging a new state liquor law that deals with multiple subjects, including distribution and regulation, reports Associated Press.
"Unions say the liquor privatization plan that voters approved last month violates the state Constitution. In a lawsuit, two unions contend that Initiative 1183 is improper because it breaks rules that legislation cannot address more than one subject..."
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Posted: December 15, 2011
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