In a small victory for Mayor Mike McGinn and the Seattle City Council, the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) agreed this morning to consider the city's request—filed in July—for later bar service hours. Specifically, McGinn and a united city council are asking the WSLCB to tweak state law so that local governments could petition the Board for extended alcohol service hours in local jurisdictions. (State law currently prohibits liquor sales between 2:00 and 6:00 a.m.)
Don't expect this to be a quick and easy process. While the Board has tentatively committed to responding to the city's request on October 24, WSLCB spokesman Brian Smith says, "the process will take as long as it takes."
"Typically when we adopt, change, or act on rules they apply state-wide," says Smith, which is why the Board will be soliciting comments statewide from law enforcement and city officials, as well as the public. "This isn't just about Seattle. And we expect a lot of input."
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Also discussed at this morning's WSLCB meeting: Washington's weird law that bars performers from drinking onstage. The Board is slated to make its decision on that matter on October 26.