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OK Senate OKs measure to change alcohol laws

Posted at 2:58 PM, Mar 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 16:00:42-05

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Senate has approved a ballot measure that would expand beer and wine sales in the state.

The Senate voted 28-16 for the measure Tuesday and sent it to the House for debate and a vote.

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

Jolley says Oklahomans are frustrated with outdated laws on beer and wine sales. He says the goal of the legislation is to make sure updating of the state's alcohol laws is comprehensive.

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