Senator Kearney Introduces Legislation To Modify Ohio's Open Container Law
SB 116 promotes tourism and economic development

Columbus – Today, Senator Eric H. Kearney (D-Cincinnati) introduced legislation, Senate Bill 116, to allow municipal corporations with a population of more than 50,000 to create entertainment districts that are exempt from Ohio’s open container law.  

“Senate Bill 116 will promote tourism and business development across the state,” said Senator Kearney. “By modifying Ohio’s law, this will provide an opportunity for developments such as the Over-the-Rhine Gateway in Cincinnati and The Flats in Cleveland to create an entertainment experience and attract more customers.”

In the bill, an entertainment district is defined as a designated area that does not exceed one-half mile by one-half mile.

Additional bill specifics include:

·         A person may not enter the district with an alcoholic beverage. All alcoholic beverages must be purchased from a permit holding vendor.

·         There must be at least four A-2 or D permit holders in an area.

·         There may be no more than:

-- (3) Entertainment districts per area of 300,000 people or more.

-- (2) Entertainment districts per area of more than 150,000 people but less than 300,000.

-- (1) Entertainment district per 50,000 but less than or equal to 150,000.

·       Gives authority to issue or revoke permit of the entertainment district to the local legislative body of the municipal corporation.

Senator Kearney represents Ohio’s 9th district, which includes parts of Cincinnati, St. Bernard, Elmwood Place, Norwood, Golf Manor, Hollydale, Columbia Township, Silverton and Springfield Township.

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