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(The Center Square) – Ohio charitable organizations can now apply for alcohol permits for special events thanks to a new law signed by Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine.

Also, home delivery of distilled spirits in original containers is also allowed now.

However, earlier provisions that would have allowed businesses to get approval from the legislature for Sunday sales, along with allowing 24-hour and alcohol sales until 4 a.m. were removed from the final version of the bill.

That was one of many bills DeWine signed into law, including legislation that lowers taxes for new banks and mortgage lenders and another that creates stiffer penalties for public officials who are convicted of theft in office.

The law now makes theft of between $150,000 and $750,000 a second-degree felony and theft of more than $750,000 a first-degree felony.

“It is encouraging to see our chamber once again pass this important piece of legislation that holds corrupt public officials more accountable,” State Sen. Steve Wilson, R-Maineville, said. “I am confident that its passage will be a major victory for Ohio’s taxpayers. There should not, and cannot, be any question that elected officials are held to a higher moral and ethical standard of conduct, and this bill takes the right steps to give Ohioans that assurance.”

Also, anyone found guilty of theft in office will be disqualified from holding public office in the future or a position of trust in the state. The law requires the offender pay back the forensic audit cost.

DeWine also signed into law a bill that allows for the state motto, “With God, all things are Possible,” to be used alongside the state seal.

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An Ohio native, J.D. Davidson is a veteran journalist with more than 30 years of experience in newspapers in Ohio, Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He has served as a reporter, editor, managing editor and publisher.