Takeout alcohol bill on governor’s desk as executive order set to expire

LINCOLN, Neb. -- In March, Gov. Pete Ricketts signed an executive order to allow restaurants to serve alcohol to-go. On Monday, he announced that’d be ending on June 1st.

But to-go alcohol may not be going away. A legislative bill that would allow for permanent take-out alcohol is currently sitting on Gov. Ricketts' desk.

The bill was sponsored in the Legislature by State Sen. Suzanne Geist, of Lincoln, who says there are several safety rules around it. Bottles will need to be sealed and labeled. They’d also have to be put as far away from the driver as possible and people must order food with it.

If signed by the governor, the bill would go into effect immediately.

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