Washington Supreme Court Commissioner Steven Goff denied a motion Friday to delay implementation of Initiative 1183, which will privatize...

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SEATTLE — Washington Supreme Court Commissioner Steven Goff denied a motion Friday to delay implementation of Initiative 1183, which will privatize the liquor business in the state beginning June 1.

On May 17, the state Supreme Court is scheduled to hear an appeal of a Cowlitz County Superior Court decision that ruled I-1183 constitutional. Goff argued in his denial of the motion that the court could well issue a decision before June 1.

To stop implementation of I-1183 now, he said, likely would cost the state money and hurt retailers, distributors and others who are making changes in anticipation of the new law..

Goff’s ruling can be appealed, with all filings in such an appeal due next week.