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Forum on alcohol law slated

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission will present a free forum about alcohol modernization laws from 10 a.m. to noon, 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday in Building 100 at Great Plains Technology Center, 4500 W. Lee.

ABLE Commission Senior Agent Todd Anthony will inform residents about the effects of State Question 792, also known as Oklahoma's Alcohol Modernization Law, and he will open the floor to questions after his brief presentation. He will host the same forum at three different times in order to accommodate people's schedules.

Since the passage of State Question 792 in 2016, the effects have been in progress, and further changes will take effect Oct. 1.

Alcohol retailers in Comanche County are encouraged to attend the forum so that they can prepare for the upcoming changes, according to Kim Booker, certified prevention specialist for the Wichita Mountains Prevention Network.

Booker said beginning Oct. 1, convenience and grocery stores will be allowed to sell relatively stronger beer, wine and other alcoholic drinks, whereas in the past, such alcohol has only been available in liquor stores and similar establishments.

Anthony said he will explain how the law affects individuals who buy or drink alcohol, and his primary topic will be ABLE licensure, a requirement for alcohol businesses and servers. 

Those who already possess ABLE licenses before Oct. 1 will be "grandfathered in" to the law changes and will need no additional training, he said.

However, those who obtain licenses after Oct. 1 will be required to attend a one-time training class within 14 days of receiving their licenses, Anthony said. The class must be hosted or approved by the ABLE Commission.

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