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Costco-backed liquor initiative closer to ballot

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A campaign seeking to end the state's monopoly on hard liquor is one step closer to the ballot.

Initiative 1100 supporters say they turned in petitions with more than 390,000 signatures on Wednesday. The state requires about 241,000 valid voter signatures to make it on the November ballot.

I-1100 would allow stores that sell beer and wine to also sell hard liquor. It also would eliminate state price controls and allow volume discounts. In addition, retailers could buy liquor directly from manufacturers.

Costco has been a major supporter. There's a second campaign working on a different liquor privatization measure. That's Initiative 1105, which would allow private sales but also keep state protections for private wholesalers.