A day before we all head out and load up on Black Velvet from Target or Fred Meyer, the Washington Supreme Court protected these alcoholic plans by upholding Initiative 1183, the voter-approved measure that will let stores larger than 10,000 square feet (and a few smaller stores) sling booze starting tomorrow.
Seeing as I-1183 was passed by voters last fall, and the state has already auctioned off the rights to sell hard alcohol at previously state-owned stores, it would have created quite a mess had the Supreme Court made any other call.
Still, plenty of folks were hoping for just that. Citing a state law that mandates that initiatives address only one subject, I-1183 opponents took the argument all the way to the state's highest court.
Unfortunately for them, in a 5-4 decision announced earlier this morning, the court ruled that the opponents had not overcome the presumption that the initiative meets single-subject rules.
"The challenged portion of I-1183's ballot title is not palpably misleading or false," the court wrote, adding that it will not void a law duly enacted by voters based upon `the technical significance of a word, where it can hardly be contended that anyone was likely to be deceived.'"
The entire measure would have been nullified if the court had determined that voters would have rejected the initiative without the public safety provision.