Oklahoma Capitol briefs for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013
Published: February 28, 2013
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Beer sticker bill is OK'd by panel

A measure that would make it illegal for anyone to put stickers on packages of low-point beer won committee approval Wednesday, but only after the bill's author agreed to water it down. House Bill 1934 originally would have made it a misdemeanor, but Speaker Pro Tem Mike Jackson, R-Enid, said he would remove that language. He said the measure resulted from a contract agency of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Department putting stickers on cartons of beer reminding adult purchasers of Oklahoma's social host laws and not to provide beer to minors. Mental Health Commissioner Terri White said the effort was funded by a federal grant. “I'm stunned that anyone would consider putting penalties on prevention providers that are out there trying to prevent underage drinking,” she said. The House Economic Development and Financial Services Committee voted 11-2 to pass HB 1934. It now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will determine whether it advances to the full House.

MICHAEL MCNUTT,

CAPITOL BUREAU