OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office announced Thursday he had signed a bill to let golf courses, marinas and country clubs sell strong beer and wine for off-premises consumption.

Sen. James Leewright, R-Bristow, is the author of the measure. He said it would allow those entities to sell the beverages, unopened, for consumption. Leewright said the measure closes a loophole that was created with alcohol modernization efforts.

“We are extremely excited about this,” said Brett Robinson, president of Beer Distributors of Oklahoma. “We look forward to continue to sell beer to golf courses and marinas and are happy they were able to get this situation resolved. It has been a long time coming.”

He said it was a clarification that needed to be made.

There was some confusion as a result of the new law as to whether marinas and golf courses could continue to sell alcoholic beverages like they did when there was low-point beer, Robinson said.

Alcohol modernization efforts eliminated low-point beer. The effort allowed convenience and grocery stores to sell strong beer and wine.

“This clears up their ability to sell wine and beer on the golf courses, and people can sell it for off-premise consumption, as well,” Robinson said.

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