Ordinance Limiting Alcohol Sales Near MSU Staying On Books

EAST LANSING (WWJ/AP) – An ordinance aimed at curbing excessive drinking at bars and restaurants near the Michigan State University campus in East Lansing is staying on the books.

City Council members voted 3-2 on Monday against a request to temporarily eliminate the regulation, known as the 50/50 ordinance, which requires bars or restaurants selling alcohol to earn at least 50 percent of revenue from food sales.

Some of the city’s older bars and restaurants were grandfathered into the ordinance and aren’t restricted by the regulation, which was implemented in the 1980s amid problems at area bars.

Opponents of the ordinance argued that it was too time-consuming to enforce and should be updated. Others said, however, that the regulation worked in setting standards.

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