The “go cup” bill passed the Mississippi House on Thursday morning, meaning if Gov. Phil Bryant signs off, Coast cities can set up entertainment districts where people can walk from one business to another with alcoholic beverages.
The bill got hung up in “political gamesmanship” over a different bill, according to state Sen. Sean Tindell of Gulfport. The Senate approved the bill before adjourning its session Wednesday, but the House held it on a motion to reconsider.
The bill allows Coast cities and about a dozen other localities to set up the entertainment districts.
Gulfport city leaders were particularly anxious to see the bill passed because they want an entertainment district where pedestrians can drink and stroll through a downtown revitalized after Hurricane Katrina, filled with new restaurants and bars.