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Ohio legislature passes bill allowing home delivery of liquor, removing some sales provisions

Posted at 8:04 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 08:05:02-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A bill allowing home delivery of distilled spirits and removing some liquor sale provisions is now up for approval from Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine after the House voted in favor of its passage.

House Bill 674 revises current liquor laws, allowing the Ohio Division of Liquor Control to implement rules permitting home delivery of distilled spirits in original containers.

According to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, home delivery of distilled spirits would be accompanied by the same protocols that all alcoholic beverage purchases require by law, including age verification.

“The spirits industry is dedicated to responsible alcohol service and consumption and stands ready to assist Ohio in maintaining public safety while modernizing practices with home delivery,” the group said.

The bill also would remove the Sunday and holiday sales provisions, as well as the 24 hour and 4 a.m. sales provisions.

A new liquor license would also be created with the passage of the bill, allowing the Division of Liquor to issue permits to charitable organizations, labor unions or employers of 10 or more people to sell beer or wine at a special function.

The Ohio House voted to concur with the Senate amendments of HB 674 by a vote of 75-9.

“I am so glad I can say I am in favor of the Senate amendments to House Bill 674. We are really listening to the people,” said Rep. Juanita Brent (D-Cleveland). “Before this bill was changed, there was an outcry of people who did not want 24 hour or 4:00 a.m. sales, and they wanted a voice on Sunday and holiday sales. These amendments show we are listening to the people while simultaneously giving our small businesses a fighting chance.”

The bill will be sent to DeWine for final approval.