130th Ohio General Assembly
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H. B. No. 174  As Introduced
As Introduced

130th General Assembly
Regular Session
2013-2014
H. B. No. 174


Representatives Buchy, Gerberry 

Cosponsors: Representatives Duffey, Stinziano 



A BILL
To prohibit a beer manufacturer from taking certain actions regarding the awarding or acquiring of beer distribution franchises or beer distribution territories prior to July 30, 2013, and to declare an emergency.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF OHIO:
Section 1. (A) Prior to July 30, 2013, no beer manufacturer shall do either of the following:
(1) Award a beer distribution franchise or territory to itself, to a subsidiary, or to another entity in which it has any financial interest, directly or indirectly, by stock ownership, or through interlocking directors in a corporation, or otherwise, if that franchise, territory, or portion of that territory has been previously awarded, sold, assigned, or transferred to a beer distributor;
(2) Acquire a beer distribution franchise or territory if that franchise, territory, or portion of that territory has been previously awarded, sold, assigned, or transferred to a beer distributor.
(B) As used in this section, "beer," "distributor," and "manufacturer" have the same meanings as in section 4301.01 of the Revised Code.
Section 2. This act is hereby declared to be an emergency measure necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety. The reason for such necessity is to ensure the sound and careful regulation of the manufacture, distribution, and sale of alcoholic beverages through a three-tier regulatory system. Therefore, this act shall go into immediate effect.
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