Lawmakers who wrote cold beer bill do “not” want it to pass

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OKLAHOMA CITY,Okla.- The push to get ice-cold beer straight from the liquor store is still on, but you'll be surprised to hear the lawmakers who wrote the bill do "not" want it to pass.

It's not a 'goodbye' to the new law yet, it's more of a 'see you later'.

Lawmakers want to wait to help change more alcohol laws they call archaic, but some Oklahomans say the laws need to be left alone.

"For the last 37 years, I've come to work at 9:30 and I leave work at 9:30," Sam Eid, owner of Sam's Warehouse Liquor, says.

If you've been into his shop, chances are, you've seenĀ Sam.

"I've been in business 46 years, I started in 1968 and I was going to college and supplement my income, working the liquor store," Eid says.

Everyday, driving little Blue to and from work.

"Some people they put their Ferrari outside, my Ferrari is a Corvair," Eid says.

A prize displayed in front of the business he fears could come to an end if new liquor laws pass.

"It might not exist if we give part of the business to a grocery store, they have enough business, they don't need ours," Eid said.

Others see things differently.

"We still have conservative values, we still want to make sure certain things are sold in liquor stores only, but I think we do have to have a broader conversation," Senator Stephanie Bice, author of SB 383 says.

That conversation includes amending Oklahoma alcohol laws dating back at least 50 years.

"Upon filling the bill, there was a lot of interest in looking at reforming all of our liquor laws and to allow for wine in grocery stores as well as refrigeration," Senator Bice says.

"If somebody wants a beer, they should take time, take it home and chill it, and drink it at home not take it chilled already and drink it out of their car on their way home," Eid said.

Lucky for Sam, lawmakers do not want this to pass but instead, let you, the voter, decide.

"We'll bring it back up next session in 2016, and the hope is that it will go through the process again, through the senate, through the house and it will become a state question which will be on the ballot in 2016," Bice says.

Until then, Sam will continue pouring love into his work, storing thoughts of closing up his doors far, far away.

"I hope I don't have to live to see that day, I don't want to see it," Eid says.

That bill has passed everywhere except the house floor.

Again, lawmakers want to give this one a year to tweak and let the voters decide what will happen with Oklahoma liquor laws.

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