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January 28, 2014

County voters will decide on sales of beer, wine June 24

CLAREMORE —

Rogers County voters will decide June 24, if alcohol will be available for purchase on Sundays and holidays.
District Attorney Janice Steidley approved the ballot language Monday, giving the commissioners an opportunity to accept the measure.
The board voted 2-to-1 with commissioners Kirt Thacker and Dan DeLozier supporting the ballot measure. Commissioner Mike Helm opposed it.
Assistant District Attorney David Iski requested more time to review the resolution two weeks ago to insure the ballot would be properly written. 
Iski said it was the responsibility of the district attorney to approve the ballot language so  it meets statutory requirements.
If voters approve the measure, alcoholic beverages, including wine and liquor, will be available for purchase. Currently, the sale of these items is prohibited on Sundays, as well as, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A group of local business owners requested the item be placed on the ballot in an effort to keep Claremore competitive with surrounding communities, according to Dwayne Caldwell, local businessman.
“It is a law behind the times,” Caldwell said. “It will help the growth of Claremore.”
Catoosa Mayor Red Statum said, “I would support a vote of the people. It is their decision to make, not yours. People have the right to have a glass of wine if they like. ”
Commissioner Dan DeLozier said the issue should be decided by the people, not the three commissioners.
Election Board Secretary Julie Dermody said it should be included on the ballot for the primary election. 
How many things are on the ballot will determine if another ballot will be necessary, according to Dermody. 
“If there are too many names on the ballot it would need to be split on it’s own,” Dermody said.
If the measure is placed on the existing ballot, it will be added with little additional cost to the taxpayers, according to Dermody.

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