The Thirsty Beagle: SJR 68 due for committee hearing Wednesday

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

SJR 68 due for committee hearing Wednesday

If you love beer and you're looking to get involved in the political process, you have several opportunities this week.

First and foremost, Senate Joint Resolution 68, the measure that would send to the ballot a referendum to reform Oklahoma's alcohol laws, is scheduled to be taken up by a House committee on Wednesday.

The measure is set to be heard by the House Rules Committee, which meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in room 512A.

This is a make-or-break committee meeting for SJR 68. It must make it past the Rules Committee by Friday, and Wednesday is the last scheduled meeting of the committee before that time.

The following day, April 7, is known as Repeal Day in Oklahoma. This year it will be the 57th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition in Oklahoma.

A pair of Oklahoma bars will hold special promotions to mark the occasion.

Oak & Ore will hold a Legislator Call to Action and Voter Registration Drive at 5 p.m. Thursday. Here's some info on that event shared by Oak & Ore:

"The Craft Brewers Association of Oklahoma (CBAO) will celebrate at Oak & Ore in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District by holding a Legislator Call To Action and Voter Registration Drive. Legislators from across the state will be invited to mingle and hear from brewery representatives and the public about the need for Oklahoma craft beer law modernization. Oak & Ore will be serving Collaboration for Legislation beer and selling CBAO pint glasses to benefit the association. A voter registration booth will be provided for any unregistered attendees."

Up in Edmond, The Patriarch will also participate in a voter registration drive on Repeal Day and also offer a special for registered voters.

Here's an explanation from their FB page:

"Alcohol law changes will be on the ballot this November - we want to make sure everyone who loves beer is registered and informed about what will be on the ballot! Starting April 7th, in honor of Oklahoma Repeal Day - April 7, 1959, when Oklahoma repealed the prohibition of alcohol - we will be offering $1 off any 'non-intoxicating' 3.2% ABW/4% ABV beer we have on draft! Simply show your voter registration card and you will get in on the deal! In addition, we will have forms on hand for you to fill out and mail in to register in your local district. This is what we mean by #communitythroughbeer - our community is what brings us together!"

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