Oklahoma Legislature passes several alcohol bills

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Posted at 1:37 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 14:37:17-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Legislature has passed several alcohol-related bills this session.

The Oklahoman reports that Republican Sen. Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma City authored many of the bills, including one allowing breweries to have the same hours of operation as bars and restaurants.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed another measure Thursday allowing counties to vote on Sunday liquor sales.

In 2016, voters approved a bill that would allow wine to be sold in Oklahoma grocery stores. Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma President Bryan Kerr says the Sunday sales measure won't help liquor stores in the state stay in business once that law goes into effect in 2018.

Alex Weintz, executive director for pro-alcohol law reform group Modernize Oklahoma, says the latest changes have spurred new business for the state.

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