Senate approves Warnick’s bill for more tasting rooms

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OLYMPIA — The state Senate has approved legislation sponsored by 13th District Sen. Judy Warnick that would expand the number of tasting rooms small wineries can operate from two to four.

Senate Bill 5426 was approved overwhelmingly, 44 to 5, and was to the House of Representatives for consideration.

“We have many small wineries that are in need of this kind of support,” Warnick, R-Moses Lake, said. “This is a good small-business bill to help a growing industry thrive.”

The Liquor and Cannabis Board, which heavily regulates the industry, limits the number of tasting rooms a winery may operate separate from its manufacturing site, and must still approve any additional tasting rooms.

Warnick added, “It can be hard for small business to compete with large retailers; this legislation allows small wineries to get their products to consumers in an innovative and practical way.”

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