WV Liquor License Bill Advances; Opens Sunday Sales

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- A divided house of delegates has approved allowing stores to sell liquor on Sundays.

West Virginia has limited retail alcohol sales on that day to wine and beer, and only after 1 pm but the house voted 51-49 Friday to include liquor as well.

The narrow margin added the provision to a senate-passed bill meant to help stand-alone liquor stores.

It would let these mostly small, in-state businesses pay a special fee for their licenses instead of the current bidding process.

The house then voted 62-38 to send the amended bill back to the senate for its approval.

Gov. Joe Manchin proposed the special licensing fee.

Critics say it interferes with market competition.

His bill was earlier amended to lift the state ban on election day retail liquor sales.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by okay Location: parkersburg on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    Great job guys, now get rid of those stupid inspection stickers.
  • by Church Members Location: West Va on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:51 AM
    Wow, so the government is up to no good again. I agree 100% with Linda. God set life in order and He can take life. Church and serving our LORD shoul dbe first and formost in all our lifes. The ones that adbuse it is the one that KILL folks that serve the Lord and not the world. Thast what is wrong withthe world today, to many folks drink or smoke the wrong things and loss control of thier throughts. If we don't get GOD back in the government, God will prehaps treat the great USA as Solomon and Golmora. That Day is coming soon anyways, and all will concess Jesus Christ before Him.
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      by Frank on Apr 16, 2012 at 05:40 PM in reply to Church Members
      The real aim is to raise state revenues and sell "Special Permits" which bring in a lot more money than the current bidding system
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      by okay on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:53 AM in reply to Church Members
      We never had "god in our government" haven't you ever heard the term "separation of church and state"? It has been a concept since the founding of this country.
  • by Suzie Location: Ohio on Apr 13, 2009 at 08:31 AM
    to seperate the church and the state, what? A life is surely more important than a drink of alchol anytime, and surely the Lord has no doing in this habit of alchol. If you cant buy on saturday to keep you over till monday its time to lay the bottle down its already done you harm. Look at cigs they have taxed them out of this world they say it causes cancer,people still smoke. Sunday has always ben the Lords day whether or not you go to church. Remember when there was no stores open on Sunday, now you cant find one closed. When all the crimes was down and people were a close net family and drugs were a thing that never was. Thats when people honored the Lord and his day. Alchol forms a large factor in crimes as drugs does and i pray surely if you have children growing up you really surely think of what more you are putting out there to them. I would think 6days a week sell is even to much obviously that cant be stopped but we can stop the sunday sell. Death is certain,thanks Linda
  • by Louis Location: Tyler on Apr 12, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    I think that a decision that is of this nature should not be left up to our delegates to decide. shouldn't this be some thing that should be put on a state ballot and let the people of this state decide whether or not to allow the retail sale of hard liquor on Sundays? Wine sales are retricted to lower alcohol content on Sundays right now. It is being done to generate more revenue for the state i'm sure of that. And there will be more than just of a few people that this will effect.If you want to drink liquor on Sunday you can do that already at a club by the drink. If you want to drink liquor buy it the night before and see if you can keep it until after 1:00 the next day. If not you probably don't need it anyway.
  • by Ed Location: 26101 on Apr 11, 2009 at 09:31 PM
    Linda, you cant punish everyone for the actions of a few, this is a step in the right direction, we are starting to seperate church and state.
  • by Linda Location: Williamstown on Apr 10, 2009 at 10:33 PM
    This is such a joke!!Start taxing the beer &liquor.So many familys has lost loves ones due to DUI/ok you have the smokers broke,so raise the price of all booze!!maybe we can save lives.
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