The Thirsty Beagle: House Rules Committee passes SJR 68

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

House Rules Committee passes SJR 68

The House Rules Committee voted 6-3 Wednesday morning to pass Senate Joint Resolution 68, moving the measure to reform Oklahoma's alcohol law one step closer to appearing on the November ballot.

SJR 68 now advances to debate and consideration by the full House. If it is approved there, it would then find its way to the election ballot, pending any legal challenges or last-minute obstructions.

Two of the most prominent backers of SJR 68, Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom and the Beer Distributors of Oklahoma, both voiced their continued support following Wednesday morning's vote.

"We applaud the House Rules Committee for voting in support of SJR 68 today to increase choices and convenience for consumers," said Tyler Moore, a spokesman for OCF. "This is a significant step forward and is the result of the hard work of many groups.

"The next step is a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives and with passage there, we will be set to vote on modernizing our beer and wine laws in November. Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom is confident voters will express their support for modern alcohol laws."

BDO President Brett Robinson issued this statement:

"The independent members of the Beer Distributors of Oklahoma commend the House Rules Committee for its support of SJR 68, and forwarding the resolution to the full House for consideration," Robinson said. "SJR 68 is a realistic, broad-based alcohol modernization initiative that, if approved by the full House, will make its way to the voters of Oklahoma.

"SJR 68 will modernize Oklahoma's archaic alcohol beverage laws in an equitable, safe and responsible manner. It will also protect the independent three-tier system, provide additional consumer choice and convenience, and allow Oklahoma craft beer brewers to expand their markets."

Anheuser-Busch Sales of Oklahoma also chimed in, with this response from Eric James, senior director of sales and marketing:

"Anheuser-Busch is supportive of modernization and we are pleased to see the majority of the House Rules Committee is too," James said. "Support of SJR 68 is support for consumer choice and economic growth in Oklahoma. Oklahomans want cold, strong beer, available seven days a week at grocery and convenience stores, and this vote is one step closer to making that a reality."

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