Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Liquor Laws Brew Sober Internet Sites

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Liquor Laws Brew Sober Internet Sites

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The world of liquor law enforcement has entered the fray of the Internet with various sites targeting the specialized niche.

And while niches are nothing new on the web, Oklahoma's Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission is unique in that it allows many licensees their official server designations without traveling to the agency's office.

Keith Burt, director of management and budget, said the ABLE Commission has received awards for innovation on its Web page. It was one of the first pages set up for a liquor control agency in the nation, and is still one of the few that allows servers to apply for and receive licenses over the Internet.

Burt noted that each state now has a server and that many states have

pages for their alcohol control agencies. He said Marta Patton, the agency's licensing director, worked for several weeks locating the addresses of each state's home page and then the page of each state's liquor enforcement agency as well as industry-related pages. She then put all the addresses in a two-inch thick book.

Burt pointed out that while Oklahoma's ABLE Commission is separate from other agencies, often times, liquor control agencies are part of the department of revenue or the department of public safety. This makes locating liquor-related pages difficult, he said.

In addition to government-related pages, the book contains page sites for numerous industry organizations, such as the Wine Institute, the National Beer Wholesalers Association and even one dedicated to brewing whether at home or otherwise.

In general, state home pages are located by typing www.state.(state postal abbreviation).us. For example, Oklahoma's Web page is www.state.ok.us.

Liquor-related agencies can often be accessed through the state home page. Oklahoma's home page has two ways the ABLE Commission can be accessed, one by linking with public safety-related pages directly from the home page, the other by accessing an alphabetical listing of pages for agencies. …

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