Oklahoma House Approves Alcohol Reform Measures, Sends Question To The Ballot

May 26, 2016

Oklahomans will have a chance to vote on expanding the state’s liquor laws this November.

State representatives approved Senate Joint Resolution 68 and its counterpart Senate Bill 383 on Thursday. The bill provides a new outline allowing full-strength, chilled beer to be sold in grocery and convenience stores and would require clerks who sell alcohol to be at least 18-years-old should voters approve a state question this fall.

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State Representative Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, said the legislation allows voters to be better informed ahead of the liquor law vote.

“There will be a question. We will be voting in November, so we want to have a framework that folks will know what that picture looks like at least at a basic level, behind the curtain, if that goes through in November,” Mulready said.

The bill now goes to the governor’s desk. If signed, it will take effect in October 2018.

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