Onslow County commissioners kill version of brunch bill


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - There will not be an early start to alcohol sales in Onslow County on Sundays.

The Onslow County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to kill its version of the state brunch bill, according to The Daily News in Jacksonville. The bill allows restaurants and other establishments that serve alcohol to do so two hours earlier. The former state law had alcohol sales beginning on Sundays at noon. The new bill, which Gov. Roy Cooper recently signed into law, allows alcohol sales at 10 a.m.

The vote went 3-2 with Robin Knapp and Paul Buchanan voting to approve the brunch bill. Royce Bennett, Mark Price and Jack Bright voted against the bill.

"How mentally weak have we become as a community if we can't wait two hours?" said Price, according to

"I did not find one study that said selling alcohol will benefit the citizens," Bennett said, according to

Bright told the newspaper it's possible the bill could come up again for discussion and a vote if the public or commissioners ask for it.

On July 11, New Bern aldermen chose not to vote on its version of the brunch bill, allowing the measure to die after there was no second to Alderman Jeffrey Odham's motion to pass the city's version. On July 25, the aldermen met again and passed the measure when it was put to a vote.

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