OKLAHOMA CITY — A judge Monday blocked implementation of a new law that would walk 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 who claimed Senate Bill 608 violates the state's constitution.

The bill would require 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 is set to go into effect Aug. 29. Stitt, the Alcohol Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission and the state of Oklahoma were defendants in the plaintiffs' motion for summery judgement.

Prince agreed with the plaintiffs, finding in the order signed Monday that SB 608 "is clearly, palpably, and plainly inconsistent" with portions of the Oklahoma Constitution, "is unconstitutional, and is, therefore declared void."

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