This news just in from the state Capitol: Of the several alcohol reform bills up for consideration this legislative session, it appears only one will make it out of the committee stage. The surviving bill would call for the creation of a task force to study the issue and report back to the Legislature in a year’s time. To sum up, if you were hoping to have strong beer and/or wine on grocery store shelves any time soon, better not hold your breath.
So where does the issue stand right now? Any significant movement would be at least a year away, and even then it would only open the matter up for discussion, not action. Getting full-strength beer in grocery stores would require a constitutional amendment, which would require a vote of the people. Legislators would first have to agree to take up a bill proposing change, and then agree to put the issue on a ballot.
So, status quo it is. What’s your take on the issue? Sound off in the comments section of this blog post. And check The Oklahoman or NewsOK.com on Tuesday morning for full coverage of this issue.