Mary Alice Reporting – As part of a host of other bills signed recently by the Ohio Governor, one approved piece revises the state’s liquor laws.

House Bill 674 was sponsored by 98th Representative Brett Hillyer and it was introduced in May 2020 as the pandemic caused lost revenue for restaurants and bars.

Hillyer pointed out that the multi-faceted legislation focuses on five areas that include the assurance restaurants and bars would have some “breathing room” from past health violations prior to June 1st related to alcohol sale.

“It streamlines the local government’s ability to establishment designated outdoor refreshment areas. Three, it allows for Sunday sales in some limited circumstances.”

Bill 674 also creates two new liquor permits and modernizes the laws in the beer industry relating to permitting and sales.

“The intent of this bill is to modernize our liquor laws. I introduced this legislation to take action on the dozen of concerns that were brought to my attention through testimony provided to the 2020 task force. This is more than helping business, this is about helping people.”

The legislation outlines liquor laws, such as the sale and time/day restrictions, along with the different types of permits available for multiple entities that include food establishments, airports, and non-profit organizations.

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