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Bottle Service Legislation by Rep. Ajay Pittman passes in Oklahoma House

OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation to help small businesses and support economic development throughout Oklahoma passed the Oklahoma House this week with a vote of 69 to 21.

House Bill 2726, authored by Rep. Ajay Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, introduces language into the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Act that would allow Oklahoma small businesses to offer bottle service to their customers.

“This bill was a request bill from many small businesses in my district and throughout Oklahoma City,” Pittman said. “What we are doing is creating parity with what other states offer and what consumers want. Economic Development was at the top of my list of priorities when we started this journey, now we can see how we can restore our business communities from multiple things that challenge their success.”

The legislation does not increase or encourage alcohol consumption nor does it remove any safeguards put in place to curb alcohol-related incidents. This measure will also promote additional safety precautions that prevent hospitality staffers from making additional trips to serve patrons.

“This legislation isn’t about alcohol as much as it is about helping small businesses in House District 99 and throughout Oklahoma,” said Pittman. “This legislation will add a second layer of safety for families or patrons that gather in support of our professional sports teams and other celebrations.”

H.B. 2726 is now eligible to be heard in the Oklahoma Senate.