- Associated Press - Monday, April 4, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill that would allow full-strength beer and wine to be sold in grocery and convenience stores is coming down to the wire in the Oklahoma House.

The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1qkhYza ) reports that the Senate-passed measure to put the issue on the November ballot was scheduled to come up in the House Rules Committee last week, but it got pulled from the agenda. The panel is scheduled to meet again Wednesday, just two days before the deadline for such bills to advance.

Oklahoma Senate passed the bill with a 28-16 vote. It’s not clear why it hasn’t been taken up in the committee yet, but bitterness between the two chambers has been known to slow down proposals.

Last week, House leaders complained that the Senate didn’t take up a House-passed bill on education standards. Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, chairman of the committee, declined to say whether the dispute has anything to do with the bill not being considered.

He also declined to say whether or not it’ll be reviewed Wednesday. House Speaker Jeff Hickman said he expects that the panel will consider it.

Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, who wrote the bill, said that no one from the House has asked him questions about the legislation.

“We spent months negotiating fine details of it,” he said. “It represents a broad coalition of people in favor of modernizing the law.”

Oklahomans for Consumer Freedom is working to qualify a citizens’ initiative on the issue in case the Legislature doesn’t allow it on the ballot.


Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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