Wash. Supreme Court to rule on liquor initiative

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court plans to rule Thursday on the constitutionality of a voter-approved initiative to privatize liquor sales.

Initiative 1183 allows stores larger than 10,000 square feet and some smaller stores to begin selling liquor on Friday. Voters approved the measure last fall, and the state already auctioned off the rights to sell liquor at state stores.

However, initiative opponents have filed suit, arguing that the measure violates state rules requiring initiatives to address only one subject. The measure included a provision for public safety funding.

A judge rejected that claim, but opponents appealed to the Supreme Court. The entire measure would be nullified if the court determines voters would have rejected the initiative without the public safety provision.