The Thirsty Beagle: Judge: SQ 792 can stay on ballot

Monday, August 1, 2016

Judge: SQ 792 can stay on ballot

An Oklahoma County judge has ruled that State Question 792 can remain on the November election ballot, but the measure may not be on stable ground just yet.

An association of state liquor store owners recently filed paperwork in Oklahoma County District Court seeking an injunction to keep SQ 792 -- a ballot question asking for a revamp of the state's constitution when it comes to alcohol laws -- off the ballot altogether.

Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons on Monday declined to issue an injunction, saying she believed the measure should go on the ballot.

"But I do have concerns about the constitutionality of the measure," Timmons said, as reported by NewsOK on Monday.

According to the report on NewsOK, Timmons "said she wanted to set a briefing schedule to consider the state question's constitutionality."

That could mean that if SQ 792 passes, the courts may still rule it unconstitutional and strike it down after the fact.

Clearly, wherever the state is heading on alcohol law reform, that destination remains quite murky.

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