This morning, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Task Force on Community Prevention Services announced the decision and rationale for recommending against further privatization of alcohol sales. The website states, "Based on its charge to identify effective disease and injury prevention measures, the Task Force on Community Preventive Services recommends against the further privatization of alcohol sales in settings with current government control of retail sales, based on strong evidence that privatization results in increased per capita alcohol consumption."
The Washington State legislature is currently considering legislation that would chip away at the state's liquor control system.
-- One House budget plan includes a proposal to privatize the wholesale distribution of liquor in the state.
-- SB 5917 would allow the co-location of liquor stores in up to ten urban grocery stores.