Spirit sampling—Liquor store pilot project—2011 c 186:
"(1) The liquor control board shall establish a pilot project to allow spirits sampling in state liquor stores as defined in RCW 66.16.010
and contract stores as defined in RCW 66.04.010
(11) for the purpose of promoting the sponsor's products. For purposes of this section, "sponsors" means: A domestic distiller licensed under RCW 66.24.140
or an accredited representative of a distiller, manufacturer, importer, or distributor of spirituous liquor licensed under RCW 66.24.310
(a) The pilot project shall consist of thirty locations with at least six samplings to be conducted at each location between September 1, 2011, and September 1, 2012. However, no state liquor store or contract store may hold more than one spirits sampling per week during the project period.
(b) The pilot project locations shall be determined by the board. Before the board determines which state liquor stores or contract stores will be eligible to participate in the sampling pilot, it shall give:
(i) Due consideration to the location of the state liquor store or contract store with respect to the proximity of places of worship, schools, and public institutions;
(ii) Due consideration to motor vehicle accident data in the proximity of the state liquor store or contract store; and
(iii) Written notice by certified mail of the proposed spirits sampling to places of worship, schools, and public institutions within five hundred feet of the liquor store proposed to offer spirits sampling.
(c) Sampling must be conducted under the following conditions:
(i) Sampling may take place only in an area of a state liquor store or contract store in which access to persons under twenty-one years of age is prohibited;
(ii) Samples may be provided free of charge;
(iii) Only persons twenty-one years of age or over may sample spirits;
(iv) Each sample must be one-quarter ounce or less, with no more than one ounce of samples provided per person per day;
(v) Only sponsors may serve samples;
(vi) Any person involved in the serving of such samples must have completed a mandatory alcohol server training program;
(vii) No person who is apparently intoxicated may sample spirits;
(viii) The product provided for sampling must be available for sale at the state liquor store or contract store where the sampling occurs at the time of the sampling; and
(ix) Customers must remain on the state liquor store or contract store premise while consuming samples.
(d) The liquor control board may prohibit sampling at a pilot project location that is within the boundaries of an alcohol impact area recognized by resolution of the board if the board finds that the sampling activities at the location are having an adverse effect on the reduction of chronic public inebriation in the area.
(e) All other criteria needed to establish and monitor the pilot project shall be determined by the board.
(f) The board shall report on the pilot project to the appropriate committees of the legislature by December 1, 2012. The board's report shall include the results of a survey of liquor store managers and contract liquor store managers.
(2) The liquor control board may adopt rules to implement this section." [2011 c 186 § 1.]