COLUMBUS— State Rep. Catherine Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced that the Ohio House accepted the conference report for House Bill (HB) 160, her legislation to allow certain permit holders to sell alcoholic ice cream in Ohio. The bill now moves to the governor’s desk for his signature.

“This bill allows small businesses in Ohio to be innovative and create more jobs in our great state at a time when job creation is most important,” said Rep. Ingram. “HB 160 will attract other alcoholic ice cream manufactures and show that Ohio is a great place to do business.”

Current Ohio law allows the sale of alcoholic ice cream for consumption on the premises where it’s produced, or in sealed containers. HB 160 allows permit holders to sell their product to consumers and retailers for personal consumption, and lifts the restriction on how many of these products an individual may purchase.

Several provisions were added to HB 160 to help businesses navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, including measures to expand Designated Outdoor Refreshment Areas (DORA), create bottle limits for micro-distilleries, expand the sales area of liquor permit premises and declare an emergency.


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