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Ohio Budget Provision Could Allow Bars to Stay Open Longer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Certain bars would be permitted to stay open until 4 a.m. for large events under a provision inserted into the Senate's budget plan.
The Columbus Dispatch reports Senator Tom Patton, a Strongsville Republican, inserted the provision so restaurants and bars can make more money during events that draw at least 3,000 attendees to cities with 350,000 or more people.
If the provision stays, vendors will have to apply for a license and go through an approval process.
It would affect cities like Cleveland, where the Republican National Convention is scheduled to be held next summer.
Patton says no one has voiced opposition to the provision yet, and the licenses would be used sparingly.

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