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Governor Mike DeWine signs bill allowing home delivery of liquor

A representative confirmed that Governor DeWine had signed the bill to 3News on Friday morning.
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FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020 file photo, Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine discusses the most recent data on Ohio's soaring coronavirus cases during a news briefing at John Glenn International Airport on in Columbus, Ohio. State lawmakers across the country will be convening in 2021 with the continuing COVID-19 pandemic rippling through much of their work — and even affecting the way they work. After 10 months of emergency orders and restrictions from governors and local executive officials, some state lawmakers are eager to reassert their power over statewide decisions shaping the way people shop, work, worship and attend school.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — On Friday morning, 3News confirmed that Ohio Governor Mike DeWine had signed House Bill 674, allowing for revisions of the state's former liquor laws. 

The new law allows for the delivery of distilled liquor and spirits within the state, so long as the beverage is in an original container.

The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States spoke out on Twitter Friday afternoon, thanking Governor DeWine for his support and his decision to provide Ohioans with an easier method of supporting local businesses and purchasing alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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“Governor DeWine has been supportive of multiple consumer convenience measures throughout the pandemic, and this is yet another example of those efforts,” said  Distilled Spirits Council of the United States Vice President of State Government Relations, David Wojnar. “Home delivery of distilled spirits is a win for Ohioans and local businesses alike.  We look forward to working with the Ohio Division of Liquor Control, which has long been an advocate for modernization in the marketplace, during the rule-making process to allow responsible home delivery of distilled spirits.” 

The bill, sponsored initially by Brett Hudson Hillyer, and was co-sponsored by 15 Ohio representatives and 14 Ohio Senators, and passed in the house by a vote of 75-9. 

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