Will the state let Seattle adopt sweeping changes for bars, as proposed by the mayor's office and various city leaders, at the same time the state is facing huge changes to liquor stores?

A recent poll shows that a majority of voters want to pass both liquor initiatives on the November ballot to privatize the liquor-selling business. But passage of these initiatives could limit the Washington State Liquor Control Board's willingness to try new things—particularly a proposal to extend liquor service hours in Seattle. After all, the liquor board will have its hands full dealing with increased liquor sales (later store hours, more locations to inspect, more product being sold). In addition, a new policy in Seattle could have statewide ramifications. James Keblas, director of the city's Office of Film and Music, noted last week, that if the WSLCB decided to extend liquor service hours, the policy would most likely "open up... an opt-in process throughout the state."

So can the WSLCB roll back liquor hours for just one city—can they draw a bubble around us? Can the liquor board see enough public support that they are willing to take the plunge?

LCB's policy director Alan Rathburn will be at Seattle's Nightlife Throwdown on September 1. Come, drink, ask him questions.