Liberal liquor law resolution advances

A State House committee took Oklahoma one step closer to liberalizing state liquor laws last week when it approved a Senate resolution and sent it to the full House.

Senate Joint Resolution 68 would expand liquor sales and allow refrigerated strong beer and wine to be sold at retail outlets instead of just at liquor stores. If it passed by the House, it will appear on the November ballot as an amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution.

This would not only expand alcohol sales at convenience stores, like QuikTrip, but would let liquor stores sell refrigerated beer plus nonalcohol products.  SJR68’s authors are Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, and Rep. Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa. Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, and Sen. Stephanie Bice, are co-authors.

It passed the House Rules Committee 6-3, including a yes vote from Rep. Weldon Watson, R-Tulsa. In the Senate, Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa; Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner; Sen. Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa; Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa; and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa; voted for to resolution to advance.

Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, voted against SJR68.