The Thirsty Beagle: Sunday sales bill sent to governor's desk

Monday, May 22, 2017

Sunday sales bill sent to governor's desk

The 2017 legislative session is quickly drawing to its close (pending a special session to figure out the budget situation), and that means we will soon know the fate of the various alcohol measures that made their way through the state Capitol this year.

Here's an update of where five different bills stand:

Senate Bill 174: Allowing both spouses to own up to two liquor stores

This bill was passed by the House and Senate and signed by the governor in late April.

Senate Bill 211: Allowing a county option for Sunday sales in liquor stores

This bill was approved Monday by the Senate and now awaits approval from the governor. It gives counties to option to let voters decide if they want to allow Sunday liquor store sales.

Senate Bill 297: Clarifying the right of local wineries

This bill, which would allow wineries to give away free limited samples and sell wine by the glass on-premise, is pending action in a Senate conference committee.

Senate Bill 411: Expanded hours of operation for local breweries and liquor stores

This bill was signed by the governor in late April. It allows breweries to be open from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; liquor stores to be open from 8 a.m. to midnight; and grocery and convenience stores to sell full-strength beer and wine from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Senate Bill 646: Updates licensing laws to support implementation of State Question 792

This bill is pending action in a Senate conference committee.

I've reached out to state Sen. Stephanie Bice, the author of all five measures, to gauge the likelihood of action on SBs 297 and 646. Neither has seen any developments since being assigned to conference committee about two weeks ago.

Theoretically, both could be taken up in the next legislative session and still get done in time for the implementation of SQ 792 on Oct. 1, 2018.

All five of the above measures would go into effect on that date.

So what else is going on?

-The third of four big-name national beer brands to hit Oklahoma this year started popping up on liquor store shelves and in bars on Monday. Ballast Point is now available in Oklahoma, following the arrival of Stone and New Belgium earlier this year, and just ahead of Dogfish Head, which is due in June.

-The 2017 Oklahoma Craft Beer Summit has a new date. The event, which was postponed earlier this year due to the threat of severe winter weather, has now been scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 5. You can follow announcements for that event here.

-The Patriarch is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend cookout and fundraiser on Sunday from 1 to 7:30 p.m. They are offering up free Elk Valley Par 3 (three kegs worth) for active and retired U.S. military, and well as free burgers and hot dogs for veterans. Everyone else can get burgers and dogs for a donation to the UCO VetHERO program.

-Roughtail will be slinging its low-point offerings this weekend at the annual Paseo Arts Festival.

-Anthem is holding another beer and board game day on Saturday at the brewery. Festivities kick off at noon. More info available here.

-Another edition of the Plaza Beer Walk has been announced. This go-round will feature Anthem beers and is set for Wednesday, May 31 in the Plaza District.

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