Kinston City Council approves adding brunch bill ordinance

Lay off the booze

KINSTON, Lenoir County - The Kinston City Council approved its version of the state brunch bill in a meeting Monday night.

Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy said in a tweet the ordinance passed 4-1. That means the sale of alcoholic beverages in Kinston at licensed locations before 10 a.m. on Sundays will now go into effect.

Kinston City Council just added the #BrunchBill to our 7pm meeting for a vote. #ncga #ncpol @ChamberKinston @VisitKinston

-- BJ Murphy (@BJMurphy360) July 17, 2017

Passed 4-1. @wnct9 @wcti12 @WITN7 @kinstonfp

-- BJ Murphy (@BJMurphy360) July 17, 2017

Gov. Roy Cooper recently signed the state bill into law, giving individual towns and cities the chance to choose whether it wanted the bill to be part of its local law. Previous state legislation prohibited the sale prior to noon.

Several locations in eastern North Carolina have passed its own ordinance into law, including Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort, Hyde County and most of the Outer Banks. New Bern's aldermen had the ordinance up for a vote last week but it didn't receive the two motions needed to put it to a vote.

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