RALEIGH, NC - A bill allowing alcohol sales before noon on Sundays is one step closer to becoming a law in North Carolina.
Thursday the Senate passed the bill, which is now on its way to the House of Representatives for approval.
The legislature, Senate Bill 155, would make multiple changes to North Carolina's alcohol laws:
- It will no longer be unlawful to drink or buy alcoholic beverages before noon on a Sunday.
- Malt beverages, wine, and mixed drinks will be allowed to be sold and consumed at 10:00 in the morning on Sunday upon local city council approval.
- The bill would now allow alcohol sales at auctions.
- Regulations on liquor distilleries would be loosened.
If the bill passes, it would be up to local city government on whether to enforce certain parts of the law.
Currently in North Carolina, alcohol can only be sold or served Monday - Saturday between 7 a.m. and 2 a.m. On Sundays, alcohol sales can only happen after noon. Some counties have further restriction of Sunday sales.
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Not everyone is excited for the bill to potentially pass, religious organizations have opposed the bill saying that Sunday mornings should be reserved for church.