Rogers County Commissioners vote to include banned alcohol law on vote of people

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Reported by: Morgan Downing
Updated: 1/27 1:28 pm Published: 1/26 10:04 pm

Selling liquor, high point beer and wine on Sundays has been banned for decades in Rogers County, but now the people of Rogers County will get to vote to see if that continues.

In a 2 to 1 vote on Monday morning, the Rogers County Commissioners voted to let the people decided if those sales should still be banned. 

On Sunday, FOX23 went to Claremore to tell us why one resident hopes the county will have a change of heart.

Dwayne Caldwell is behind this movement. He says this is all about economics. He told FOX23 restaurants, bars and casinos are losing business to nearby cities because of this law.

El Banquete in Claremore is open for business on Sunday, but their bar is not. On Sundays the lids stay on the liquor and there's no high point beer flowing. It's the law.

"A lot of people will come and like they'll order a margarita and we tell them we can't serve liquor on Sundays. So some people actually get up and leave," said Noe Bravo, the assistant manager of El Banquete.

Several restaurants, bars and casinos in Rogers County tell FOX23 they're losing business.

Claremore resident Dwayne Caldwell wants to do something about that.

"We want to make it a level playing field for all of the restaurants in town. I think this is what Claremore’s gonna have to do in order to get some growth," said Dewayne Caldwell.
Caldwell wants Rogers County residents to be able to vote on the matter this June.

"I think that right now you've got a few people who are dictating to the majority. Let everybody vote on it, that's the only fair way of doing it and I think that's the way it should be," said Caldwell.

For this local restaurant, surviving is already tough. Assistant manager Noe Bravo told FOX23 it will be a huge win for the restaurant and the area.

"It would improve business for us. I think our sales would definitely be higher with the liquor sales," said Bravo.

The issue will be on the ballot June 24.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/28/2014 8:21 AM
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DeltaDawn :-p The people have already spoken decades ago. Don't be surprised when the vote comes back the same as it's always been.

Mayor Maynot - 1/27/2014 1:13 PM
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ChrisPy #8 ^]] At one time the whole state was dry. My POV: Sunday was meant to be a family day and a time to sober (heal) from the rambunctious bacchanalia of the weekend allowing the worKing man to return to work more clear headed.

ChrisPy - 1/27/2014 12:24 PM
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What's so different about selling liquor on a Sunday than selling it any other day? It will not matter how the people vote the politics of it always has the say.

Unwashed Mass - 1/27/2014 11:45 AM
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Someone's gonna miss that bribe money. Maybe they will make up for it by raising the rate for protecting someone's meth operation.

Mayor Maynot - 1/26/2014 11:05 PM
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Make it a dry county ;->

Delta Dawn - 1/26/2014 10:56 PM
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The ban is archaic. Let the people speak.
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