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New entertainment districts would permit alcohol outside bars

Entertainment Districts could be created in Ohio to permit patrons to carry liquor outside bars and restaurants. (FOX19 NOW/File) Entertainment Districts could be created in Ohio to permit patrons to carry liquor outside bars and restaurants. (FOX19 NOW/File)

A proposed law would allow people to buy alcoholic beverages and carry them outside as they visit other bars and restaurants.

The bill, which passed the Ohio Senate Tuesday, permits cities and townships with 35,000 residents or more to create entertainment districts exempt to the state's open container law.

State Sen. Eric Kearney D-Cincinnati sponsored the bill and says it's meant to promote tourism and economic development in areas like The Banks Downtown.

A similar bill is working its way through the House.

The districts could only be created in areas with at least four liquor permit holders. 

The city of township that creates an entertainment district would be required to review it every five years and would have the right to yank the designation.

Similar laws are already in effect in Memphis, Louisville and New Orleans.

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