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2007 Senate Bill 5751: Creating a wine and beer tasting pilot project in grocery stores.
Introduced by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Seattle) (D) on January 31, 2007 To allow beer and wine tasting at licensed grocery stores. The bill creates a pilot program consisting of thirty locations equally allocated between independently owned grocery stores and national chain grocery stores. The stores must also meet certain criteria noted in the bill. See companion HB 2076.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Labor, Commerce, Research and Development Committee on January 31, 2007
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 28, 2007
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 6, 2008
Amendment offered by Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (Seattle) (D) on February 12, 2008 This admendment requires the State Liquor Control Board to establish a pilot program to allow beer and wine tasting at license grocery stores. The pilot program shall consist of thirty locations equally allocated between independently owned grocery stores and national chain grocery stores. The amendment establishes rules and procedures for the administration of the events including; choosing locations, timing, and qualifications for consideration to host an event.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 12, 2008
Amendment offered by Sen. Rosa Franklin, (D-Tacoma) (D) on February 12, 2008 To require that grocery store must have food available at tasting events.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on February 12, 2008
Passed 32 to 15 in the Senate on February 12, 2008
Received in the House on February 14, 2008
Referred to the House Commerce & Labor Committee on February 14, 2008
Amendment offered in the House on February 28, 2008 To give the Liquor Control Board authority to prohibit tasting at a pilot project location within a board-recognized alcohol impact area if tasting at the location is having an adverse effect on the reduction of chronic public inebriation in the area and to provides that licensees must be able to observe and control persons to ensure that "apparently" intoxicated, rather than "obviously" intoxicated, persons cannot possess or consume alcohol.("Apparently" is used in penalty provisions).
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 7, 2008
Referred to the House Rules Committee on February 29, 2008
Passed 51 to 41 in the House on March 7, 2008
Received in the Senate on March 10, 2008
Passed 29 to 17 in the Senate on March 10, 2008
Signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on April 1, 2008

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