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Ind. AG says County shouldn't have charged for permits

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (AP) -- Indiana's attorney general's office says a southern Indiana county incorrectly charged businesses for temporary food permits to sell beer at festivals and other events.

The New Albanian Brewing Co. had challenged citations issued by Floyd County's health department for not obtaining a temporary food permit before selling beer at concerts in New Albany.

County Health Officer Tom Harris maintained the department had long required the permits and that inspections are needed to ensure food and alcohol is safe for consumption.

But the News and Tribune reports Indiana's attorney general's office agreed with the brewery that Indiana's Alcohol and Tobacco Commission's authority pre-empts local ordinances.

The office's opinion says the county's ordinance requiring a fee and inspection for a temporary food permits interferes "where the state has already regulated."

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