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With WV ‘Brunch bill’ signed, counties can vote

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Brunch enthusiasts throughout the Mountain State are one step closer to being able to enjoy their mimosas and Bellinis a little brighter and earlier.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed into law Senate Bill 298, more commonly referred to as the “brunch bill,” Tuesday.

The bill provides county commissioners the option of calling elections to let county residents decide whether they support the sale of alcoholic beverages at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The brunch bill’s language allows for county commissions to put the measure up for a vote during any future primary or general election in their home counties.

The original brunch bill proposed by Sen. Chris Walters, R-Putnam, allowed for the sale of alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. throughout the state, but the House of Delegates amended the bill to include the requirement for county commissions to conduct elections as to whether alcohol could be sold at 10 a.m. in their respective counties…

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