The Oklahoma Senate has approved a ballot measure that would expand beer and wine sales in the state.
The Senate voted 28-16 for the measure Tuesday and sent it to the House for debate and a vote.
The measure by Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond calls for a statewide vote on proposed constitutional changes that are necessary to allow the sale of wine and strong beer in grocery stores.
Currently, liquor, wine and strong beer are sold only at licensed package stores, which are strictly regulated and closed on Sundays.
Jolley says Oklahomans are frustrated with outdated laws on beer and wine sales. He says the goal of the legislation is to make sure updating of the state's alcohol laws is comprehensive.
Eric James, Senior Director of Sales and Marketing for Anheuser-Busch Sales of Oklahoma, released the following statement,
"We have always supported modernization, but not at the cost of our business and jobs in Oklahoma. We are pleased that the current legislation allows us to maintain our operations and employees in Oklahoma, while giving Oklahoma beer drinkers what they are looking for – cold, strong beer through a distribution system that provides both quality and convenience. We look forward to continue working closely with all parties to ensure true modernization is achieved for the Oklahoma consumer."