Alcohol-tasting measure heads to governor

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From a news release from the office of state Sen. Mike Hewitt, R-Walla Walla:

OLYMPIA…Today the House of Representatives approved a bill introduced by Sen. Mike Hewitt to promote the state’s growing liquor-distilling industry by permitting retailers to offer customers samples under certain circumstances. The bill was previously approved by the Senate and will go into law on July 28 barring gubernatorial veto.

“Washington’s growing distilling industry has been a bright spot in our state’s economy,” said Hewitt, GOP-Walla Walla. “As we watch distilleries pop up across our 16th District and the state, allowing them to offer tastings is a reasonable step we can take to encourage further economic development and job creation.”

Senate Bill 5396 would allow spirits retailers who participate in the Responsible Vendor Program to provide customers with small samples of spirits. Employees providing the samples must hold a class 12 alcohol server permit; no customer could be legally served more than a total of one and one half ounces of spirits.

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