Brooks on Liquor Bill, 06/25/68: State Senator Chet Brooks holds a news conference to explain his motion to delay advancing the proposed liquor-by-the-drink legislation from committee to the Senate floor. On June 18, the House approved a law that would legalize the public sale of liquor by the drink in two-ounce bottles. The measure then moved to the Senate. To reach the Senate floor, the legislation needed approval by a committee. On June 24, the panel voted 6-4 against the bill. Brooks was a no-vote, asking for a 24-hour delay in order to read the 42-page substitute bill. He changed his vote the following day, thereby sending the bill to the floor. The measure died in the Senate by a three-vote margin on June 28. The possibility of liquor by the drink legislation—allowing for the sale of mixed alcoholic beverages in restaurants and bars—was a prominent topic during the 1968 election season. The practice would not be completely legalized until 1971, when the legislature responded to a public referendum by creating a mixed beverage permit authorized on a local-option basis. Brooks represented Pasadena in the Texas House from 1965 to 1967 and the Texas Senate from 1967 to 1993.