The state liquor board has delayed its vote on Seattle's request to allow liquor sales after 2 a.m. in some locations.
The Washington Liquor Control Board has delayed until May 30 its vote on the city of Seattle’s request for a rule change that would allow liquor sales after 2 a.m. in some locations, according to a Friday news release.
The board held four public hearings on the matter in Seattle, Vancouver, Kennewick and Spokane, but it is still seeking “additional insight and information,” the release said.
Seattle officials in July asked the Liquor Control Board to consider allowing the city to stagger the times liquor establishments close on the theory it would enliven the city’s music and entertainment scene. Supporters say the change would address violence and disorder that often accompanies the “push out” at closing time.
Opponents of the change say it would mean more alcohol consumption, drunken driving and demands on police.
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