OKLAHOMA CITY — A judge on Monday blocked implementation of a new law that walks back some changes made to Oklahoma’s alcohol distribution system.
Oklahoma County District Judge Thomas Prince ruled in favor of attorneys representing a dozen local and national alcohol businesses that claimed Senate Bill 608 violates the state’s constitution.
The law would require that the top 25 wine and spirits brands, ranked by sales, be made available to all wholesale distributors within Oklahoma. It was signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt in May and was set to go into effect Aug. 29. Stitt, the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission and the state of Oklahoma were defendants in the plaintiffs’ motion for summary judgment.