Ohio bill would allow businesses to give away beer or alcohol

Will Ohio get free booze?
Posted at 12:58 PM, Dec 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-12 13:10:41-05

Free booze may soon be a reality in Ohio. 

If signed by Gov. John Kasich, Ohio House Bill 444 would allow businesses to give away free samples of beer and other alcohol.

Ohio law currently prohibits businesses from giving away alcohol.

The Senate passed Ohio House Bill 444 Dec. 8. It would let certain D liquor permit-holders give free tasting samples of liquor, wine and beer.

Under the existing law, D liquor permit-holders are required to charge customers for drinks, even if they don’t meet with the customer’s taste.

The bill was introduced in February and referred to the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.

Lawmakers are hoping this bill will increase growth in Ohio's economy and craft beer/liquor industry.

The Dayton Daily News contributed to this report.