OK Branch Bill Gains Initial House Approval

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Gaining approval from the House Rules Committee, Senate Joint Resolution 68, among other provisions, would prohibit any common ownership between the manufacturing, wholesaling and retailing tiers. The bill stipulates that a brewery may, following adoption of this provision, maintain or obtain licenses to distribute beer to no more than two territories within the state, also known as brewery-owned branches. However, the brewery must divest itself of all brewery-owned branches within five years and any brewery-owned branch in operation on the date of adoption of this provision may not expand its distribution territory beyond the distribution territory that was in effect on the date the provision is adopted.