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SQ 792 will be the only alcohol question on November ballot

State Question 792 will be the only measure on the November ballot on modernizing Oklahoma's alcohol laws.

The deadline for the state questions to be approved for the November ballot was 5 p.m. Monday.

Alex Weintz, spokesman for the Yes on 792 campaign, said it was a plus that State Question 792 won't have to compete with any other measure for votes on alcohol modernization in November. It will also eliminate confusion among voters, he said.

“We also believe 792 offers the most comprehensive reform, as well as creates jobs and provides the most convenience and choice to consumers,” he said.

The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma continues to collect signatures for State Question 791, an alternative proposal on alcohol modernization, said Bryan Kerr, president of the Retail Liquor Association.

“The current plan is to collect signatures through the October deadline in hopes that the voters realize what a bad deal State Question 792 is so that we have a better alternative on the next ballot or when the Supreme Court strikes it down,” Kerr said.

While 792 supports full-strength, refrigerated beer and wine sales in grocery and convenience stores, 791 proposes phasing in wine sales in grocery stores over a period of years, as well as barring wine sales at grocery stores within 500 feet of a liquor store.

The liquor store owners group believes State Question 792 would put about half the state's liquor stores out of business.

The Retail Liquor Association of Oklahoma withdrew its lawsuit to keep State Question 792 off the November ballot after it lost an early round in court. The group will look to file another legal challenge to the question if voters pass the measure in November, Kerr said.

Brianna Bailey

Brianna Bailey joined The Oklahoman in January 2013 as a business writer. During her time at The Oklahoman, she has walked across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to-south down Western Avenue, and once east-to-west, tracing the old U.S. Route 66.... Read more ›

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