Ohio Bill Would Exempt Open Container Law In ‘Entertainment’ Districts

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Some Ohio lawmakers are working to make the Arena District an entertainment district.

Cincinnati Democratic Sen. Eric Kearney introduced a bill that would allow cities with more than 50,000 residents to create areas exempt from Ohio's open container law.  

The proposed legislation says alcohol must be bought within a given district and limits the size of the districts to a .5 square.

While some Columbus residents like the idea, some residents are not sold.   “I think that's a bad idea... It's great for New Orleans and Mardi Gras, but it's just asking for trouble,” Columbus resident Malissa Anderson said.

Kearney says the measure, if passed, would help boost local economies and benefit areas like the Flats in Cleveland and Cincinnati's Over the Rhine.   “It'll add to kind of a festival mood, it will allow an increase in tourism and it should increase business activities in those areas,” Kearney said.

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