COLUMBUS—State Representative Laura Lanese (R-Grove City) today applauded the Ohio House of Representatives for the passage of House Bill 522, legislation she sponsored. This bill allows holders of F-class liquor permits, which are issued for festival-type events with short durations, to sell beer or liquor in outdoor refreshment areas designated specifically for the purchase and consumption of alcohol.
Previous legislation regulating designated outdoor refreshment areas (DORAs) did not fully cover the issue, preventing those festivals which would pursue F-class permits from operating in DORAs. House Bill 522 seeks to allow those festivals to participate in selling liquor in DORAs.
“House Bill 522 furthers the state’s push towards greater economic development by correcting an oversight that currently exists in Ohio law,” said Rep. Lanese. “By allowing temporary liquor permit holders to operate within designated outdoor refreshment areas, we create the opportunity for businesses and short-term events, such as the annual Grove City Wine and Arts Festival, to coexist, benefitting both retailers and consumers.”
The bill requires the Division of Liquor Control to provide an F-class permit holder with a DORA classification if the applicant satisfies certain requirements.
This legislation is supported by the Wholesale Beer and Wine Association of Ohio. Having passed out of the House, House Bill 522 now awaits consideration by the Ohio Senate.