Whitman County Gazette 

Schoesler bill advances to House

Measure speeds up liquor license process


February 15, 2024

OLYMPIA – By a 47-2 vote, the Senate passed a bill Feb. 6 that would speed up the process for restaurants, bars and taverns seeking liquor licenses.

Under Senate Bill 5291, applications for liquor licenses or license renewals would be automatically approved if the state Liquor and Cannabis Board fails to issue a decision within 45 days of the application date.

Sen. Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, introduced the bill after hearing about the trouble three small businesses – Sonny’s Tavern and Grill in Washtucna, and Mi Jalisco and Ritzville Golf Course Café in Ritzville – experienced wh...

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