Nebraska Bill Advances To Permanently Allow Carry-out Booze

(KFOR NEWS  March 10, 2021)   An emergency order that lets Nebraska restaurants offer carry-out alcohol could become a permanent state law under a measure advanced by lawmakers.

The proposal builds off of Gov. Pete Ricketts’ temporary executive order to try to help restaurants during the coronavirus pandemic.  The policy has proven popular because it allows restaurant customers to order cocktails and other mixed drinks with their to-go orders.  Under the measure, drinks could only be sold in a sealed, tamper-evident container and not partially consumed.

Lincoln Senator, Suzanne Geist, the bill’s sponsor, says she introduced it to help local businesses recover some of the revenue they lost due to government-mandated social distancing restrictions.  The bill could still be tweaked to address concerns raised by some senators.