Liquor store bill advances
The House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee approved a measure Wednesday that would allow voters to decide whether to change the state constitution to allow liquor stores to sell corkscrews, bottle openers, stemware and other items. Rep. Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon, author of House Joint Resolution 1041, filed a similar measure last year; it passed the House but stalled in the Senate. HJR 1041 passed 13-0. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee.
to be honored
The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women will present House Floor Leader Pam Peterson, R-Tulsa, with its 2013 Kate Barnard Award at a ceremony and luncheon Feb. 28 at the state Capitol. Peterson is being recognized for initiating and leading an interim legislative study on human trafficking. Peterson is the first woman to serve as majority floor leader in the House and she also serves as chairman of the Task Force to Stop Sexual Violence. She served on the Commission on the Status of Women from 2007 through 2012.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU