Liberalizing liquor laws?

The State Senate passed Senate Bill 211, by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, by a vote of 26-14. The measure now heads to the House.

If passed by the House and signed by the governor, the proposal would have to appear on the ballot with another initiative. County commissioners could vote to put it on the ballot.

The proposal could also be put on the ballot with the collection of 15 percent of the signatures of registered voters who cast ballots in the last general election for governor in the county, according to the measure.

If approved, liquor stores could be open between the hours of noon and midnight on Sunday. The changes could not take effect before October 2018. A recently passed state question allows convenience and grocery stores to sell wine and strong, cold beer.

Sen. Marty Quinn, R-Claremore; Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa; and Sen. Joe Newhouse, R-Tulsa, voted against the measure.