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BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — The city of Brookhaven is making it easier for businesses to get a permit to sell beer.

The Daily Leader reports (http://bit.ly/1j71vUP ) any establishment wishing to sell beer had to have been in operation for a year before being considered for a permit under the old ordinance.

Aldermen this week removed that restriction.

Alderman Terry Bates says the new ordinance clears up some confusion. He says the old ordinance was drafted so long ago, that much of it doesn't apply anymore.

The ordinance stipulates that an establishment must derive 25 percent of their revenue from the sale of food before they can apply for a beer permit.

City Attorney Joe Fernald says a special exemption in the ordinance that would allow city officials some leeway in future permitting decisions.

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Information from: The Daily Leader, http://www.dailyleader.com

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