TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami) – An alcohol “to go” bill motored through a second Senate committee Tuesday without opposition.
The Commerce and Tourism Committee backed the proposal, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Bradley, which would allow restaurants to include alcoholic drinks or bottles as part of take-home meals.READ MORE: Have You Seen Ashley Espinoza-Sanchez? Missing Woman Last Seen At Hard Rock Stadium
The practice was part of an executive order last year by Gov. Ron DeSantis to help restaurants that were forced to scale back operations in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill would make that practice permanent.
It would cap individual alcohol container sizes at 32 ounces and require motorists to place the drinks in locked compartments, vehicle trunks, or in areas behind the last upright seats in vehicles.READ MORE: NASA, Boeing Scrub Scheduled Starliner OFT-2 Launch
“Restaurants have really adapted to serve the needs of their customers,” Bradley said. “The current executive order helped restaurants accomplish this goal while also providing a convenience to their customers. My guiding principles as I approach this bill, is how can we have our takeout options match and mirror what the restaurant is able to offer in-person?”
The proposal, backed by influential business lobbying groups, also unanimously was approved last month by the Senate Regulated Industries Committee and next will go to the Rules Committee.
A House version was unanimously backed last month by the Regulatory Reform Subcommittee and awaits an appearance before the Commerce Committee.MORE NEWS: FIU Professor Francisco Mora Tapped As US Ambassador To Organization Of American States
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