Alcohol modernization bill will let Anheuser-Busch stay

Alcohol modernization bill will let Anheuser-Busch stay

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KSWO) -A bill that could change Oklahoma's laws regarding the sale of wine and high-point beer is now in the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

An agreement between the bill's author and Anheuser-Busch relieved their concerns. Senate Joint Resolution 68 was approved by the Senate Monday, 28-16. The bill, authored by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, calls for a statewide vote on constitutional changes needed to allow the sale of wine and strong beer in grocery stores.

The bill also would have banned manufacturers from owning more than two distribution centers. This would have forced Anheuser-Busch to sell their businesses and possibly leave Oklahoma entirely.

On Monday, Jolley and Anheuser-Busch came to an agreement allowing the business to keep its distribution businesses in the state.

Eric James, the senior sales and marketing director for Anheuser-Busch, released a statement saying:

"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. "

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