Shawnee City Commissioners this week voted to amend existing ordinances to conform to new state law on the purchase, sale, consumption and transport of alcoholic beverages. State Question 792 was approved in November 2016 — the changes go into effect Oct. 1.

Shawnee City Commissioners this week voted to amend existing ordinances to conform to new state law on the purchase, sale, consumption and transport of alcoholic beverages. State Question 792 was approved in November 2016 — the changes go into effect Oct. 1.

Shawnee City Attorney Joe Vorndran said the gist of the new law is about getting rid of what has always been referred to as non-intoxicating beverages, which is low-point beer.

“That distinction will no longer exist under Oklahoma law,” he said. “So this is just a clean-up within our ordinances to conform with those state laws.”

There's really nothing too significant in there, he said. “We did take the opportunity to make sure that our fees associated with licensure for establishments that sell alcoholic beverages in various formats were consistent with state fees, and at a high enough level to compensate the administrative time for the city staff.”

Other than that, he said it's really just removing references to that non-intoxicating beverage distinction.