The Ohio legislature approved a bill late Wednesday that includes a provision to allow breweries to open tasting rooms without buying a second costly liquor permit. Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign the bill into law next week, his spokesman Rob Nichols said. The law would pave the way for production breweries such as Ohio Brewing Co. in Akron and Mt. Carmel Brewing Co. in suburban Cincinnati to open tasting rooms. It also could be a boost for beer tourism in the state – just like wineries are a major attraction now. “Why can’t we see the same thing with the microbreweries?” asked state Rep. Casey Kozlowski, a Republican from Ashtabula County who co-sponsored the bill, which primarily focused on micro-distilleries. Ohio's small craft brewers have long complained about a policy that requires them to purchase a $3,906 brewing permit and then another $3,906 permit if they wanted to open a tasting room. The bill also would allow businesses that have a D-8 liquor permit to sell growlers, Kozlowski said. I’ll have a full story in the Akron Beacon Journal when the governor signs the bill.