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Opponents try to cut off liquor privatization

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KELSO, Wash. (AP) - A judge is hearing arguments over whether voters would have approved an initiative to privatize liquor sales in Washington if it had not included a provision for public safety funds.

The entire measure would be nullified if the court determines that voters would have rejected the initiative without it. Voters approved Initiative 1183 last fall to privatize liquor sales and dismantle Washington's state-run liquor system.

The measure allows stores larger than 10,000 square feet to sell liquor, though it could allow smaller stores to sell liquor if there are no other outlets in a trade area. Opponents filed suit, arguing that it violates state rules requiring initiatives to address only one subject because it includes the public safety provision.

A judge will consider the case Monday afternoon.