‘Alcohol To Go’ On Move In Florida House – CBS Miami
TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami / NSF) – A measure dubbed the “Take-Away Alcohol” Act needs to be sent back to the Senate as lawmakers continue to seek agreement on details.
The House incorporated the Senate version of the bill (SB 148) on Tuesday, but made changes.
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While the House is expected to pass the law on Wednesday, the revised measure would then have to jump back to the Senate.
The bill aims to make permanent a COVID-19 pandemic emergency order that will allow restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages with take-away meals.
House sponsor Josie Tomkow, R-Polk City, said the bill would “codify” the spirit of the executive order.
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She said the changes in-house include issues such as requiring that groceries and soft drinks make up at least 25 percent of order costs when alcohol is sold for off-site consumption.
The Senate voted 38-2 last week to approve its version of the measure.
The “take-away alcohol” concept has been widely supported by corporate lobby groups since Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order in March 2020 to provide an additional source of income in restaurants that are forced to shut down in the early stages of the pandemic.
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