Free booze? Ohio law to allow businesses to give away beer or alcohol

An Ohio bill, if signed by Gov. John Kasich, would allow businesses to give away free samples of beer and alcohol.

Currently, Ohio law prohibits businesses or establishments from giving away beer or alcohol. Ohio House Bill 444 was passed in the Senate on Dec. 8, and would allow certain D liquor permit-holders to provide free tasting samples of liquor, wine and beer.

Under existing law, permit-holders must charge customers for drinks, even if they don't meet with the customer's taste. The bill was introduced in early February and referred to the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.

Lawmakers hope the change will spur growth in the craft beer/liquor industry, and could boost overall economic activity.

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