Pottawatomie County approves Sunday alcohol sales

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SHAWNEE, Okla. –  Pottawatomie County voters have approved Sunday liquor-by-the-drink sales, ending a legal dispute between Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Law Enforcement Commission.

The Journal Record reports that the ballot measure passed in Tuesday’s election is effective immediately.

The tribe was issued a citation in 2012 for selling alcoholic beverages on Sundays at its Grand Casino. Chairman John Barrett had said the tribe was exempt from the restriction because the drinks were sold on tribal land, but the state disagreed.

Shawnee city manager Justin Erickson says he’s hopeful the Sunday sales will bring in more restaurants.