Ordinance limiting alcohol sales gets another look

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

An ordinance that was aimed at curbing excessive drinking at bars and restaurants in the city that's home to Michigan State University is getting another look.

MLive.com reports the East Lansing regulation, known as the 50/50 ordinance, requires bars or restaurants selling alcohol to earn at least 50 percent of revenue from food sales.

The ordinance implemented in the 1980s also requires businesses to file quarterly reports with the city, but questions have been raised about its effectiveness. A report from East Lansing's Downtown Development Authority found that the ordinance is seen as a hassle for most of those involved.

WILX-TV reports East Lansing City Council is expected to further discuss and potentially vote on whether to suspend the rule at next Tuesday's city council meeting.

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