State Representative Nathan Manning (R-North Ridgeville) today announced that the Ohio Senate has passed House Bill 178, legislation he sponsored. The bill would allow certain wine manufacturers to participate at farmers markets that obtain a liquor permit.

House Bill 178 would establish the F-10 liquor permit, which could then be obtained by a person who organizes a qualified farmers market, to allow A-2 liquor permit holders and S permit holders to join the market. The wine manufacturers would be authorized to sell tasting samples of wine not exceeding one ounce, or sell up to four and one-half liters of wine per household for consumption off of the premises of the market.

“HB 178 will help local, small businesses in Lorain County and all across Ohio expand their customer base and create jobs simultaneously,” Rep. Manning said.  “The more opportunities we can give small business owners to thrive are a benefit for our entire community.”

A farmers market must be registered with the Department of Agriculture to be eligible for the F-10 permit and pay a fee of $100. The permit is effective for nine months and is nonrenewable; however, an organizer of a farmers market may reapply at its expiration.

House Bill 178 will now head to Governor Kasich for his consideration.

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