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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state House committee is set to consider a bill easing Delaware's laws on restaurants serving alcohol.

Under the current law, a restaurant must have seating for at least 35 people in order to be eligible for a license to sell beer, wine or liquor.

The legislation to be discussed Wednesday changes the definition of restaurants eligible for liquor licenses to include establishments that serve complete meals and provide seating for at least 12 people, not 35.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - County governments may soon have authority to make restaurants accommodate customers with food allergies.

A new bill would let counties require each restaurant to have a staff member trained on food allergens, ready to advise customers. The bill would also require restaurants statewide to encourage customers to notify servers about their food allergies.

The Senate passed the measure 33-14 Monday evening. A similar bill is pending in a House committee.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's highest court is hearing arguments on whether or not a bar or restaurant can be held legally responsible for the actions of its inebriated customers.

The Maryland Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments Tuesday in a drunk-driving case where a patron consumed more than a dozen alcoholic beverages, left the bar and caused a car accident that killed a 10-year-old girl.