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Ohio Bill Would Create New Entertainment Districts

The Las Vegas strip has an open alcohol policy, which is what Ohio legislators hope could become possible in some cities here.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate has passed a bill to allow people to carry alcoholic beverages outside as they visit restaurants and bars in certain designated areas.

The proposal would allow cities with populations of more than 35,000 to create entertainment districts, where Ohio's open container law wouldn't apply. Patrons with a beer or alcoholic drink from one of the district's establishments could carry it with them outside as they visit other district businesses. The size of the municipal entertainment districts could not exceed a half mile.

The measure's sponsor — Democratic Sen. Eric Kearney of Cincinnati — says the bill is meant to promote tourism and economic development. It passed on a 31-0 vote Tuesday.

A similar proposal is pending in the House.

Stories from the Associated Press.