House Bill 4544, often referred to as the “Brunch Bill,” would allow restaurants and private licensees to serve alcohol after 10:00 a.m. on Sundays. Previously, alcohol could be served after 1:00 p.m.on Sundays.
House of Delegates supporters say the new time would help the economy by boosting sales and the tourism industry and allow bed and breakfasts and other destinations to serve alcohol with brunch.
However, not everyone is as supportive.
“You don’t need to be drinking at 10 o’clock in the morning. I mean some people aren’t even up by 10 o’clock in the morning other people are out drinking, that’s way too early,” said Sam Taylor of Moundsville.
“It doesn’t matter, they’re going to buy it regardless,” said Rhonda Missy of Shadyside.
“In general I do, I think there should be one day that we don’t sell alcohol, I mean, but I think if they’re going to sell it at 1:00, selling it at 10:00 there isn’t much of a difference except that it’s during church time and I’m a believer and I think that you know it’s just again our values have changed, West Virginia and America,” said Cathy Carpenter of Powhatan Point.
The house just made an amendment to the bill because voting is still split.
Each county in West Virginia will have to vote to allow the earlier alcohol sales in their own county. If the amended bill passed in the house, it will go back to the senate on March 12.
We will work to keep you updated on this developing story.