On Monday, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) and the City of Seattle hosted a public hearing about whether or not the LCB should open their rule-making process and consider the City's petition to allow local jurisdictions to set their own alcohol service hours. Right now, state regulations require alcohol to stop being served at 2:00 a.m. Seattle nightclubs want to be able to serve alcohol longer, possibly 24 hours per day.
During the hearing, many people provided testimony for and against this petition. One of our Prevention WINS Co-Chairs, Gary Hothi, was among them and he is quoted in news articles about the hearing in The Seattle Times and The Stranger's Slog. Derek Franklin, from Mercer Island's DFC coalition and WASAVP board member, is quoted in another Seattle Times article.
Later this year, public hearing will also take place in Vancouver, the Tri-Cities and Spokane. More information about the petition is available on the LCB's website.