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Oklahomans Pass SQ 792, But Opponents Are Already Talking Challenge

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In Oklahoma, supporters of the State Question 792, which allows full strength beer and wine in grocery and convenience stores, didn't have to wait long for good news.

The measure easily passed Tuesday night, but that doesn't mean its a done deal.

On Wednesday, the Retail Liquor Stores of Oklahoma said it would legally challenge SQ 792, claiming its unconstitutional. News 9 was told that challenge could be filed this week.

"The main beef is that we don't feel like we are being treated equally," said Vance Gregory, owner of the Edmond Wine Shop.

SQ 792 allows a 7-Eleven or Walmart unlimited licenses to sell beer and wine at multiple location, but a person can only own two liquor stores.

“I don't want to speculate on legislation that may or may not come, but I do know that Oklahomans made their voices heard,” said SQ 792 author and state Sen. Stephanie Bice.

The new law does take affect for two more years. The extra time allows liquor stores to change their business models and allow the proper implementation of the law.

Bice expects fellow lawmakers to take the extra time to decide issue like Sunday sales at liquor stores.

SQ 792 also forces the 21 Oklahoma “dry” counties where only 3.2 beer is served to have full strength beer and wine or not sell any alcohol at all.

“That would require a vote of the people in those counties,” Bice said.

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