State Rep. Mike Duffey Applauds Concurrence Of Bill Allowing Open Containers At The North Market
Bill provides a business-friendly enhancement of the Short North
May 16, 2016
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The Ohio House of Representatives today concurred on Senate changes to House Bill 37 with broad bipartisan support. HB 37, sponsored by State Representatives Mike Duffey (R-Worthington) will help the many small businesses located in Central Ohio’s historic North Market by allowing a person to possess beer or liquor on the premises without violating Ohio law if the beverage was purchased by a qualified permit holder in that market.

Established in 1876, the North Market now has more than 30 merchants who provide an international selection of food and artisan products located in the heart of the Short North/Arena District neighborhood of Columbus. HB 37 will hold the North Market to the same standards as other area supermarkets who host beer and wine tastings, already prevalent throughout the state.

The North Market has successfully pulled permits for years to serve beer and wine for special events, but would now be allowed to serve these beverages on a regular basis.

H.B. 37 now awaits action by the Governor.

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