Notwithstanding sections 4303.02 to 4303.30 of the Revised Code, and any other provision of Chapters 4301. and 4303. of the Revised Code or the rules promulgated by the liquor control commission, when the holder of any permit issued pursuant to sections 4303.02 to 4303.23 of the Revised Code, while such permit is in good standing, enters the military service of the United States and closes the place of business authorized to be operated by said permit with the intention of reopening it in the same political subdivision and resuming its operation upon the holder's honorable release from duty, honorable discharge, or separation from the military service under conditions other than dishonorable, such permit holder may surrender, for cancellation and refund for the unexpired period, the permit to the division of liquor control. Upon application within six months of such release, discharge, or separation from the military service of the United States, the same class permit shall be issued to such former permit holder so that the permit holder may resume, in the same political subdivision, operation of the business. The division shall not issue any permit in lieu of the permit surrendered for cancellation and refund as provided in this section, and the reissuance thereof shall be held in abeyance during the time the former holder is in the military service of the United States, and for six months after separation or release from military service under conditions other than dishonorable. In the case of the death of the former holder of a permit the issuance of which is held in abeyance, the permit shall be available for issuance to any qualified applicant. Such permit holder need not pay any fees of any nature whatsoever for the privilege of retaining the right to the reissuance of such permit as provided in this section. This section does not prevent the division from assessing any of the fees provided for the issuance of a new permit or the renewal of an old permit if the operation of the business authorized to be conducted by virtue of the permit is continued after the permit holder's entry into the military service.
Effective Date: 07-01-1997 .