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WV cities look ahead to ‘brunch bill’ benefits

Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp A lineup of classic brunch drinks is shown.
Charleston Gazette-Mail photo by Kenny Kemp
A lineup of classic brunch drinks is shown.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Three hours might not seem like much, but the economic impact for the roughly 120 establishments to benefit from Charleston and South Charleston’s “brunch bills” is predicted to be anything but miniscule.

Bill 7702 — which will allow establishments with on-premises alcohol licenses to sell beer, wine and liquor starting at 10 a.m. Sundays instead of 1 p.m. — has sailed through the Charleston City Council’s legislative process.

Monday was no different as the Council voted to pass the bill, making Charleston among the first cities in West Virginia with Home Rule to do so.

The bill goes into effect immediately.

West Virginia State University economics professor Frew Hailou prepared an economic impact study released in June that analyzes not only the estimated revenue to travel and tourism spending in Kanawha County, but also annual state and local government tax revenue from increased visitor spending…

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