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Washington Hospitality Association 2016 endorsements

Each year the Washington Hospitality Association Government Affairs Committee endorses candidates who support restaurants and hotels and who will work to keep a thriving business sector in our state. Below is our of current

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WRA in the Media

In the last seven days, the WRA has been the media a lot. You may have seen our CEO Anthony Anton, quoted several times in many different publications. It has been an eye-opening experience about the polarization of the media.

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Final rules on menu labeling passed federally

Impacts restaurants with 20 or more locations While there have been attempts to pass a statewide law on menu labeling, this hasn’t occurred in Washington. However, a federal law that

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New laws that could help your restaurant

Senate Bill 6442 and House Bill 1742 passed during the 2014 legislative session and are now law.Liquor licensees who sell growlers of beer to-go (tavern licensees, restaurant licensees, hotel licensees, microbrewery licensees and specialty beer and wine licensees) will now gain be allowed to sell growlers of hard cider and wine.

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Court denies NLRB petition in employer posting rule

The full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied a petition yesterday by the National Labor Relations Board for a hearing on a three-judge panel’s May decision to strike an NLRB regulation that would have required businesses to display a poster advising employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act. The latest rejection by the full DC Court of Appeals follows a similar ruling by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit last month.

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WRA introduces Senate Bill to correct errors in 1183 implementation

Senate Bill 5644, sponsored by Republican Leader Sen. Mark Schoesler and Democrat Leader Sen. Ed Murray, was introduced today and should be heard in committee next week. The Washington Restaurant

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Low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election yields challenges and some takeaways

Tuesday’s primary election to decide the top two candidates for November’s general election ballot was predicted to have a turnout into the high 40 percentile; that did not happen.

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Distributors to Defend LCB Rulemaking in Law Suit

In June, the Washington Restaurant Association (WRA) and the 1183 Coalition filed a lawsuit over the Liquor Control Board’s (LCB) unauthorized rulemaking to implement 1183. The lawsuit will challenge the rulemaking in five areas.

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Supreme Court upholds I-1183

Today, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 vote, that Initiative 1183 is indeed, constitutional.

The ruling comes just in time for private retail outlets to commence sale tomorrow, June 1. Tomorrow will mark the last significant transition date as we begin establishing a private market for spirit sales and distribution in Washington state.

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2012 legislative session wrap-up

Early Wednesday morning, the Legislature completed amendments to the two-year budget adopted just last May. Naturally, we understand that there are some questions about why the state Legislature convened two

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Liquor Control Board adopts language for co-ops

  Last week, the Liquor Control Board adopted an interim policy on rules regarding central warehousing. This policy will allow for restaurants and bars to cooperatively warehouse and order product.

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Liquor Control Board to consider restrictions for licensee purchases of spirits–join us in defense

  The WRA is asking the WRA members and liquor licensees consider joining us in Olympia, Wednesday, February 22, at 10 a.m. at the Liquor Control Board meeting, where the

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Understanding liquor prices: dispelling the myths

As restaurateurs, we are all painfully aware that Washington has the highest liquor costs in the country, largely due to the fact that we have the highest liquor taxes in

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L&I extends filing deadline to Feb. 3 due to storm slowdown

The state Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has issued the following announcement: L&I is extending its quarterly filing deadline for State Fund employers to submit their workers’ compensation premiums

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Liquor Control Board will continue carrying 99% of product through May

  Shortly after the passage of 1183, the WRA began its work to implement the policies voters approved. Of immediate and greatest concern during the transition were: That supply would