New: Oklahoma legislature passes bill that expands the sale of strong beer, wine

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans could buy cold strong beer and wine at grocery and convenience stores under a sweeping overhaul of the state’s alcohol laws approved by the Senate that hinges on voters approving a state question in November.

The Senate voted 33-12 on Thursday for the 285-page bill by Oklahoma City Republican Stephanie Bice.

A short time later the House approved the measure on a narrow 52-45 vote.

The bill allows strong, cold beer and wine to be sold at grocery stores and convenience stores beginning in 2018.

Currently in Oklahoma, strong beer and wine can only be sold in package stores. The bill would also allow package stores to sell products other than alcohol.

The bill is a companion measure to a proposed state question on the November ballot to loosen Oklahoma’s alcohol laws.

“We applaud the state legislature for heading consumers’ call for increased choice and convenience when it comes to beer and wine,” said Tyler Moore, spokesperson for Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom. “A legislative solution was always our top priority and now we can shift our focus to getting out the vote in November. We’ll be regrouping with our coalition partners in the coming days to formulate a formal campaign rollout.”

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