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House passes bill allowing patrons to consume alcohol within markets

May 27, 2015
Democrat Newsroom

Rep. Michael Stinziano (D-Columbus) and Rep. Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) championed the passage of a bill from the Ohio House of Representatives today that would allow patrons to enjoy beer and wine while at certain markets.

“House Bill 37 supports small businesses by allowing vendors in markets to serve alcohol and compete with competitors who already allow the practice,” said Stinziano. “The North Market in Columbus is just one example of an establishment that would benefit from the bill.”

The North Market, established in 1876, houses over 30 vendors who showcase some of the best entrepreneurship and culinary skill in Central Ohio. House Bill 37 allows those businesses to augment their success, encourages new small businesses across Ohio, and improves the environment for tourism and patronage at markets.

House Bill 37 specifies that markets allowing limited open carry meet certain requirements, and also requires that any alcohol consumed on the premises be purchased from a D liquor license holder.

The bill will now be assigned to the appropriate standing committee in the Ohio Senate for further consideration.