SB 5002: .05 BAC Bill
WWI worked alongside the Washington Hospitality Association to educate lawmakers on the harm SB 5002 would cause to industries including wine, beer, and hospitality. This bill would have lowered the State of Washington’s legal blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level for driving from .08 to .05. It failed to receive a vote by the full Senate. While SB 5002 stalled for the 2023 session, we expect a .05 BAC bill to be considered during the 2024 session. WWI asks all of our members’ support as we continue to get stronger and better equipped to push back as your Association. For any questions or support with membership needs, including dues, contact our Membership and Programs Manager Marie Schurk at email@example.com.
Bills WWI Helped Deliver to the Governor
SB 5448: Wine Delivery & Takeout/Outdoor Seating
This bill extends Covid-era allowances that we helped get passed in 2021 of cocktails to go for restaurants, wine home delivery, and takeout until July 1, 2025 for wineries and wine restaurant licensees that have obtained the specific LCB endorsement. This bill includes a second component which makes permanent the outdoor seating allowances that we accomplished in 2021. We will continue to define and push this rulemaking forward in regards to the use of demarcations instead of barriers in both public and private spaces. At this time, the only licensees that could use demarcations are restaurants.
HB 1258: Tourism Marketing Funding