ACTION ALERT! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

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The WRA has launched an ACTION ALERT! We need you to act now! Please read the below steps to respond:
1. Review the below information and suggested talking points

2. Call as many legislators as you can from the list below

3. If you have time, let us know you made the call by emailing shannong@warestaurant.org.

Background:

When voters approved the privatization initiative, it gave restaurants in Washington more options to fill their supply needs for spirit than any other state in the country. Restaurants are able to purchase from a manufacturer, from a distributor, or from a retail grocery store. Unfortunately, the two largest distributors have exclusive contracts with manufacturers for 94% of all product, and the Liquor Control Board imposed a costly 17% on restaurant purchases from grocery stores. The WRA is working diligently to remove the 17% fee to give restaurants the options they need to secure excellent customer service and competitive prices.

House Bill 1343 will remove the 17% fee, but distributors are working against us. Monday, the democratic caucus is counting votes and will gauge support of this legislation. We need this final push of calls so they understand how important this is to our industry.

Talking points:

My name is ____ and I operate ____ (RESTAURANT) ____, which employees __XX___ people. HB 1343 is very important to my business, and will remove an unfair 17% fee when I have to purchase sprits from a grocery store.   Distributors are providing poor customer service, charging costly split case fees, demanding delivery minimums, and even refuse to accept credit cards!

Restaurants need your help, please support HB 1343.

Thank you,
XXX

***The below legislators are listed in priority call order. Based on how many calls they have received so far ***

Blake, Brian D 19 (360) 786- 7870
Farrell, Jessyn D 46 (360) 786- 7818
Fey, Jake D 27 (360) 786- 7974
Fitzgibbon, Joe D 34 (360) 786- 7952
Gregerson, Mia D 33 (360) 786- 7868
Gregory, Carol D 30 (360) 786- 7830
Hudgins, Zack D 11 (360) 786- 7956
Lytton, Kristine D 40 (360) 786- 7800
McBride, Joan D 48 (360) 786- 7848
Moeller, Jim D 49 (360) 786- 7872
Van De Wege, Kevin D 24 (360) 786- 7916
Ortiz-Self, Lillian D 21 (360) 786- 7972
Peterson, Strom D 21 (360) 786- 7950
Robinson, June D 38 (360) 786- 7864
Moscoso, Luis D 1 (360) 786- 7900
Reykdal, Chris D 22 (360) 786- 7940
Orwall, Tina D 33 (360) 786- 7834
Wylie, Sharon D 49 (360) 786- 7924
Riccelli, Marcus D 3 (360) 786- 7888
Santos, Sharon Tomiko D 37 (360) 786- 7944
Senn, Tana D 41 (360) 786- 7894
Stanford, Derek D 1 (360) 786- 7928
Walkinshaw, Brady D 43 (360) 786- 7826
Kagi, Ruth D 32 (360) 786- 7910
Kilduff, Christine D 28 (360) 786- 7958
Appleton, Sherry D 23 (360) 786- 7934
Sawyer, David D 29 (360) 786- 7906
Bergquist, Steve D 11 (360) 786- 7862
Cody, Eileen D 34 (360) 786- 7978
Dunshee, Hans D 44 (360) 786- 7804
Ormsby, Timm D 3 (360) 786- 7946