More Sunday liquor sales would be economic boost

An editorial from The Register-Herald

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Finally, opportunity presents itself for the West Virginia legislature to have a positive effect on jobs and the economy in our fair state in a very real way. And our lawmakers can do it in a bipartisan manner — over brunch.

While too much of the current legislative session has been given over to pure political plays without any certainty of success in attracting business and industry — namely, the proposed repeal of the prevailing wage standards and and a right-to-work bill — “brunch bills” offer legislators the chance to expand hours for serving liquor on Sundays and increasing revenues at various establishments and businesses.

Current law dictates that restaurants, private clubs, distilleries and wineries cannot serve or sell alcohol to customers until 1 p.m. on Sundays. The “brunch bills” would allow those enterprises to begin serving at 10:30 a.m.

Three such bills are pending in the Senate Economic Development Committee, and two await action in the House Judiciary Committee.

For some, a Bloody Mary is the preferred refreshment with a hearty brunch. And keeping customers happy, keeps customers coming back — to a business and to our state. Business owners will tell you there’s a lot of money being left on the table…

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