Lawmaker pushes for to-go cup bill for lower Broadway

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A proposal to allow people to carry cups of beer or liquor with them as they walk around lower Broadway was shot down last year.

Now the Nashville Convention and Visitors bureau is pushing for a more limited form of the to-go cup bill.

The proposed legislation would allow people to carry beer and liquor in to-go cups between the area of the Music City Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Omni Hotel.

“We are competing so closely that many times that may be the difference in a convention saying, ‘I’m going to go to Atlanta instead of Nashville.’ It’s a lot of tax revenue we just lost,” said Charles Starks, the president and CEO of the Music City Center.

Steve Smith and Al Ross, the owners of Tootsies, Honky Tonk Central and Rippy’s, called the legislation “a good start.” In fact, they would like for it to include businesses on Broadway because they think it will encourage tourism, which boosts their bottom line.

State Senator Steve Dickerson (R) Nashville filed the bill this week.

“The reason we chose to make this bill much tighter than we had intended in the past was due to some objections that were voiced by the Metro Council and by local business people. Our goal is not to have tourists running the street with drinks in their hands, but rather to make these three buildings sort of a cohesive unit for tourists and for conventions,” Dickerson told News 2.

The bill should come before state lawmakers in the next couple of weeks. 

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