Lawmaker Disapproves of Proposed Ohio Statehouse Pub

Jul 21, 2011

At least one state lawmaker isn't ready to toast plans for a new bar serving alcohol in the Ohio Statehouse.

Republican Rep. Rex Damschroder says the decision by the board overseeing the state Capitol building "sends a very negative message." The lawmaker from Fremont in northwest Ohio tells the board in a letter that he's not aware of any other U.S. statehouse with a fully operational bar.

Ohio Statehouse managers said recently that the full-service bar would open next month within an existing cafe.

Statehouse spokesman Gregg Dodd says there have been some misunderstandings. He tells The Columbus Dispatch the bar won't have bottles on display and will serve liquor only to private groups. Dodd says visitors to the Statehouse won't be able to walk in and order a beer.