The Thirsty Beagle: SB 424 passes House, on to governor's desk

Thursday, May 26, 2016

SB 424 passes House, on to governor's desk

Breaking news from the state Capitol this morning!

Senate Bill 424 -- the bill that wold allow Oklahoma craft brewers to sell their full-strength beer to consumers on the brewery premises has passed the state House and now heads to the governor.

The bill passed the House by a 69-20 vote.

The House did not pass the bill's emergency clause, which would have seen it go into effect on July 1. Instead, SB 424 -- should it be signed by the governor -- would go into effect Nov. 1.

There was some discussion Thursday afternoon that the House may reconsider the emergency clause.

Reaction to the passage within beer circles was positive, including this Facebook post from Tulsa's Marshall Brewing Co.:

Ladies & Gentlemen, The game has changed! This morning the House passed SB 424 which will allow Oklahome craft breweries to sell full-strength beers at our breweries starting Nov. 1st. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the thousands of hours that our friends at LOCAL - League of Oklahomans for Change in Alcohol Laws have spent championing this cause. Thank you also to the state legislature for their support, in particular Senator Brian Crane, who introduced this measure in 2015 and saw it through two legislative sessions. Finally, thank you craft beer lovers. We have come along way together. Today we proved that we can make a difference.

To mark the occasion, Marshall announced they will open their tap room from noon to 7 p.m. Friday and offer $1 off all pints.

In other legislative news, Senate Bill 383 was passed by the Senate, with a 33-12 vote.

That bill now goes to the House, where it joins Senate Joint Resolution 68 in awaiting a vote from the full House.

(Blogger's note: I will update this post as more information/reaction is available.)

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