The state's new liquor rules for "wet" and "dry" counties will be
discussed Wednesday, May 8, at a seminar sponsored by the University
of Oklahoma's continuing legal education program and the Oklahoma Bar
The seminar will focus on the final form of new state rules and
regulations approved Friday by the Alcoholic Beverage Laws
Enforcement Commission. The sessions will last from 8:45 a.m. to
4:15 p.m.at the Park Suite Hotel in south Oklahoma City.
"With 22 of 29 counties approving liquor by the drink in the April
30 election, the seminar takes on particular relevance," said June
Tyhurst, director of OU's continuing legal education program.
The seminar is designed for attorneys, owners of clubs,
restaurants, hotels and liquor stores; law enforcement officers, and
An identical seminar is planned May 15, the following Wednesday,
in Tulsa's Westin Hotel. (That's in the Williams Center.)
Ron Willis, acting director of the Alcoholic Beverage Laws
Enforcement Commission, will discuss licensing, fees and other new
regulations. The commission will license clubs serving drinks
on-premises in wet counties and bottle clubs in dry counties.
Ken Nance, registered lobbyist for Oklahoma City and Tulsa club
owners, also is expected to speak. Nance, a lawyer, is credited with
helping state Rep. E.C. "Sandy" Sanders, D-Oklahoma City, write large
sections of the state's new liquor-by-the-drink law.
D. Kent Meyers, a co-author of the liquor-by-the-drink amendment
to the state Constitution passed by the voters last September, also
is a scheduled speaker. It was passage of that constitutional
amendment that made Tuesday's county-option elections possible.
The agenda includes the following speakers: Duke Halley, a
plaintiff's lawyer in a liquor-related personal injury lawsuit;
Larry Wood, director of Oklahomans for Responsible Liquor Control;
Brad Naifeh, liquor wholesaler with Central Liquor Co.; Howard
Evans, director of the Alcohol and Tobacco Division of the Oklahoma
Tax Commission; Lynn M. Barnett of the attorney general's office;
Bob McCoy, former Oklahoma City councilman and vice chairman of the
Oklahoma Municipal League; Barbara Snow Gilbert, an election-law
attorney and an advisor to the liquor-by-the-drink campaign, and John
Hancock, political consultant.
Tuition for the seminar is $85 per person. OU will accept payment
with VISA or Mastercard. However, if you plan to do that, or to
register at the door, you should call OU's Continuing Education Legal
To pre-register, send a check payable to OU to: Continuing Legal
Education, 314 Law Center, 300 Timberdell Road, Norman, Ok. 73019.
Rep. Charlie Morgan, D-Prague, says people visiting his county
will just have to stop by his house to get a mixed drink, if they
want one. Grady County voted dry on Tuesday.
A major workers' compensation "reform" bill is scheduled for a
committee hearing on Monday when the Legislature returns from its
two-week recess. That is Senate Bill 158. It is on the agenda of
theHouse Business and Commerce Committee, which will meet at 11 a.m.
in Room 412A. The committee chairman is Rep. Harold Hale, D-Yukon.
Senate Bill 158 proposes a two-year statute of limitations for
workers' compensation claims.
It would amend current law, which has a one-year statute of
However, that one-year limit in current law is virtually
meaningless, according to Julius Kubier, executive director of
Associated Industries of Oklahoma Inc.
The state appellate courts have struck down the one-year limit
numerous times so it has no real meaning, Kubier said. In reality,
workers' compensation claims are filed for periods extending way
beyond the legal one-year limit, he said.
For that reason, a two-year statute of limitations would be
considered "real reform," Kubier said. …