To-go cup bill for parts of downtown Nashville close to becoming law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A bill that would allow people to carry open containers of alcohol in certain parts of downtown Nashville is close to becoming law.

On Monday, the House version of the bill passed, and, on Wednesday, the Senate version of the bill is scheduled to be considered before lawmakers.

Butch Spyridon
Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation CEO Butch Spyridon

The bill would allow consumption of alcohol along Fifth Avenue between Korean Veterans Boulevard and Demonbreun Street.

The aim of the proposed law is to allow people to carry alcohol as they walk within the area of the Music City Center, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Omni Hotel.

The Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation (NCVC) is one of the main supporters of the bill.

CEO Butch Spyridon told News 2 that the original vision for the three locations was to create a “seamless campus” where tourists and convention-goers could walk between venues.

Last year, a similar bill failed in the Tennessee General Assembly. That bill would have allowed open containers of alcohol to be carried on Lower Broad downtown.

Spyridon told News 2 he thought the current bill would be successful, unlike last year’s bill.

He said, “In the context of the bill, we have it strictly confined to those three facilities. This is a much cleaner, much smaller, geographic area.”

Representative Jason Powell and Senator Steve Dickerson are the two authors of the proposed law.

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