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Fall WDG Legislation Update

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FALL WDG Legislative Update

The WSLCB is in the final stages of its adoption of rules to implement WDG legislation which passed during the 2015 legislative session. The WDG has successfully worked with the WSLCB to ensure the proposed rules mirror the intent and language of the legislation. The WSLCB is accepting written comments on the proposed rules until November 4 at which time a public hearing will be held, followed by a Board meeting on November 18 where the Board will be asked to adopt the rules. Proposed rules are linked here if you wish to review (see “15-15 Liquor Legislation implementation”).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the proposed rules or new laws.

It has come to our attention that some members who are trying to secure contracts with private carriers (e.g. FedEx) for shipping purposes are being denied this option. Please let us know immediately if you are facing this problem. We are working with lawmakers on possible remedies and it’s helpful to identify specifically where and what we are facing.

In addition to working with the WSLCB, the WDG is participating in active discussions with legislators and other stakeholders regarding the state spirits tax structure. We continue to advocate for a more balanced structure that will benefit our members and our customers. We are also in the stages of developing our goals and objectives for the 2016 legislative session which begins in January. The ‘short’ 60-day session will be fast paced so narrowing our priorities will be key to our success. WDG is proud of the legislative accomplishments we have made in just the past few years and look forward to your input and feedback as we craft our next steps to make for a more competitive and fair playing ground for our members.

We are looking for members to highlight their distilleries through legislative tours and events. Giving legislators a hands-on experience in their own district further strengthens our presence and voice in Olympia. If you are interested in helping us with such tours or events please let us know!

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All of us over at Blackfish Spirits Distillery would love to host some tours and events. We have a nice open space with beautiful equipment and furniture.

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