Washington State’s Sunday Liquor Sales Experiment a Success
Two years ago, Washington State approved an experimental pilot program permitting the sale of distilled spirits in some stores on Sundays. Now, 16 months later, the experiment is being hailed a s success. Abolishing the state’s old “Blue Law” in a number of state-run and private stores has increased state revenue without any increase in alcohol-related or other problems.
State Senator Margarita Prentice said that she has carefully monitored the pilot project and is convinced that further expansion would raise additional needed revenue without causing any increase in alcohol-related problems.
As a nurse, the senator is very sensitive to any health or safety problems arising out of alcohol abuse. However, she has found no statistics suggesting any increased problems.
House member Helen Sommers has similarly seen no problems as a result of the experiment and says “I have no problem with expansion (of the program) if it serves the public.
- Ammons, David. WA Sunday liquor sales a big hit. Associated Press, January 20, 2007.
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