Brunch Bill up for Discussion

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It’s a bill that’s up for discussion in Ohio County right now that’s expected to bring in more revenue, especially for business owners.

The West Virginia Legislature passed the Brunch Bill which would allow alcohol sales on Sunday to start three hours earlier than normal.

Now it’s up to each county to vote on whether or not they would like the bill to pass.

It’s a bill that would allow you to drink alcohol on Sunday’s during breakfast or lunch, which is where it got its name, the Brunch Bill.

The bill would allow restaurants, bars, and resorts to serve alcohol starting at 10:00 in the morning oppose to 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon.

However, it will have no affect on retail stores, their after 1:00 policy will stay in affect.

The bill is up to each county to have it passed and currently business owners in Ohio County are showing a lot of interest.

“People came from all over the region they stayed all night they had a great Saturday and Sunday was one of their premier days and there were people lined up and surprised they actually couldn’t have an alcoholic beverage before one its just not fair we are just asking to have the same amenities as our competing states,” said Frank Obrien, Executive Director of Wheeling/Ohio Co. CVB.

“We are waiting on some local business to ask us and request we put it on the ballot. I’ve already been contacted by three different places who are going to ask us and then we have to vote weather to put it on the ballot,” said Tim McCormick, President of Ohio County Commission.

Once the commission receives those written requests they will meet and vote on the bill. The commission only needs two votes for it to pass.

McCormick says he anticipates people living in Ohio County will be able to vote on the Brunch Bill in the November General Election.

We will of course continue to keep you updated.

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