State Rep. Ajay Pittman (Dem., Oklahoma City) said a bill she sponsored and has been signed into law will boost Oklahoma’s economy.
Passed with an emergency clause, State House Bill 2726 goes into effect July 1.
“Once the law goes into effect, Oklahoma businesses are set to have more freedom in how they serve their customers,” the state legislator said in a statement.
The law introduces language into the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Control Act that would allow Oklahoma small businesses to offer bottle service to customers.
“This legislation will have a positive economic impact for Oklahoma in our major metro areas, especially the businesses in Bricktown, Chisholm Creek, Norman, Stillwater, Tulsa, and Lawton,” State Rep. Pittman said.
“Our business owners can use all the help they can get, after having a really hard year in sales and service.
“I’m grateful that we were able to get this done.”
State Rep. Pittman is the District 99 legislator.
State HB 2726 is the first piece of legislation this legislative session, which State Rep. Pittman succeeded in getting passed by both houses of the Legislature and then signed into law.
She said she is particularly pleased with the bipartisan support her bill received throughout the legislative process.
She said she pledged voters she would work across party lines to be successful when she ran for the position.
“When I ran for office, economic development for Oklahoma and my district were at the top of my priorities,” she said.
“I am going to continue the fight to empower our community to grow in a way that helps business owners and their employees be competitive.”
“Bottle service is becoming more popular in other states, especially with younger people,” the District 99 legislator continued.
“To remain competitive, I was eager to help pass legislation allowing bottle service in Oklahoma.
“Our hospitality industry needs every tool in the box to help recover from the pandemic,” State Sen. Bill Coleman (Rep., Ponca City) remarked.
“Oklahoma has developed tremendously in so many ways,” according to Jeff Rogers, owner of Rogers Concepts.
“The addition of bottle service, which State Rep. Pittman’s bill allows, will be another step in the right direction.
The new law will not only good for Oklahoma economically,” he said, “but it will be good for bars, restaurants and night-life, in general.”
“Bottle service provides an exciting new opportunity- not just for those who enjoy the night-life, but for local businesses, as well, which will now have another way to engage their customers,” State Rep. Merleyn Bell (Dem., Norman) added.
“It’s a win-win proposition, especially in a vibrant, college town like Norman.”
According to State Rep. Pittman, healthcare and safety precautions were also considered during the legislative process as the District 99 legislator ushered her bill through both houses and to the governor’s desk for signature, a process that took place as Oklahomans began to reopen the state’s economy and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This legislation adds another layer of protection to our hospitality Industry,” she said, “as it keeps that industry from making additional trips to tables, where patrons are eating unmasked as our pandemic numbers stabilize.”
“The governor has said his gol is to ensure that Oklahoma becomes a Top 10 state in terms of pandemic recovery,” she went on. “He took a bold step to help our economy.”