Oklahoma set to implement alcohol retailing reforms


Starting this Fall, Oklahoma grocery stores will be allowed to sell wine and full-strength beer, and liquor stores will be allowed to sell cold beer. According to NewsOK, concerns over the implementation of the new changes appear to have been sufficiently addressed prior to the state legislature's adjournment:

Last-minute legislation prevented the need for a special session to deal with Oklahoma's new alcohol modernization laws, the bill's author said.

House Floor Leader Jon Echols said Senate Bill 1173, which passed both chambers Thursday just hours before lawmakers adjourned for the year, is the bare minimum of law needed before the voter-enacted changes go into effect.

On Oct. 1, Oklahoma grocery stores can sell wine and higher-strength beer, and liquor stores can install refrigerators to sell cold beer for the first time. The state question that approved those policies left some regulatory gaps, however...

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