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Oklahoma representative hoping to modernize Oklahoma’s liquor laws

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OKLAHOMA CITY – One Oklahoma State Representative is hoping to modernize Oklahoma’s liquor laws.

State Rep. David Derby introduced a measure that will allow Oklahomans to vote on simplifying the marketing and sales of alcoholic beverages in the state.

House Joint Resolution 1052 would create a three-tier system of manufactures, wholesale distributors and liquor retailers.

“We have a very outdated system that was created in the Prohibition era, but never properly adjusted to reflect modern times,” said Derby, R-Owasso. “This bill does not really relax liquor laws so much as it removes some unnecessary hoops that breweries, for example, have to jump through. People have been clamoring for changes to these laws and I think it’s about time we gave them an opportunity to make those changes.”