Liz McCormick Published

Six More W.Va. Cities Approved for 'Brunch Bill' Ordinance

Brunch, Alcohol

The West Virginia Municipal Home Rule Board has approved six more cities to sell alcohol at restaurants, wineries, distilleries, and private clubs on Sundays before 1 p.m.

Charleston, South Charleston, Bluefield, Martinsburg, Clarksburg, and Lewisburg have all been approved to pass city laws on what’s commonly referred to as the brunch bill.

Shepherdstown was previously the only town or city in the state to have a home rule ordinance allowing the sale of alcohol as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The state Legislature passed a brunch bill this year, but it requires county commissions to put the issue on a referendum. County residents would then be able to vote on the provision in the fall.

Fewer than ten county commissions have passed the county referendum for the November ballot.