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OK House passes measure to change alcohol laws

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Posted at 1:48 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 14:48:24-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- An Oklahoma House panel has approved legislation that calls for a ballot issue on whether to reform the state's alcohol laws and allow grocery and convenience stores sell wine and strong beer.

The House Rules Committee on Wednesday voted 6-3 for the Senate-passed measure and sent it to the full House for consideration.

"Anheuser-Busch is supportive of modernization and we are pleased to see the majority of the House Rules Committee is too. Support of SJR 68 is support for consumer choice and economic growth in Oklahoma. Oklahomans want cold, strong beer, available seven days a week at grocery and convenience stores, and this vote is one step closer to making that a reality," said Eric James, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing Anheuser-Busch Sales of Oklahoma.

Currently, liquor, wine and strong beer are sold only at licensed package stores, which are strictly regulated and closed on Sundays. The measure by Republican Rep. Glen Mulready of Tulsa calls for a statewide vote on proposed constitutional changes to allow the sale of wine and strong beer in grocery stores.

Mulready says 42 other states already allow the sale of strong beer and wine in grocery stores.

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