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State looks at city's request for Alcohol Impact Area

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Washington State Liquor Control Board will meet in Spokane, Wednesday morning at 10am to discuss the City of Spokane's efforts to adopt a mandatory Alcohol Impact Area downtown.

The implementation of the Alcohol Impact Area would ban the sale of certain low-cost high-alcohol-content beers and wines for off-premises consumption by 32 liquor-licensed businesses in Spokane.  Those businesses all sit within an area that would run east and west from Cannon Street to Scott Street, and north and south from Spokane Falls Boulevard to Fifth Avenue.

According to the Liquor Control Board, the purpose of an Alcohol Impact Area is to curb chronic public drunkenness.  The ban may also cut down on illegal activities linked to the sale or consumption of the targeted products.

The meeting is taking place in the Spokane City Council Chambers.  The Liquor Control Board is scheduled to make a decision during its Board meeting on April 7 at the WSLCB Headquarters in Olympia.

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