- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 21, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio Senate committee has approved an amended version of a House bill to allow entertainment districts where revelers could carry open containers of alcohol outside bars and restaurants in some cities.

The bill passed previously by the Ohio House would allow cities with populations of more than 35,000 to create one area where people could legally walk outside with open containers of alcohol. Cities with more than 50,000 residents could create two outdoor refreshment areas.

The amended version mirrors a section from a similar bill recently passed by the Senate committee to allow cities with populations of 35,000 or less to create one district after meeting certain requirements.

Officials say the full Senate could vote on one or both bills. Any bill approved would then go to the House.

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