New Bern brunch bill ordinance fails to get vote from aldermen

Lay off the booze

NEW BERN, Craven County - A motion to pass the state brunch bill, allowing early Sunday alcohol sales in New Bern, failed Tuesday night.

The City of New Bern tweeted Alderman Jeffrey Odham made a motion to pass the brunch bill in New Bern. It failed after a lack of a second, so there was no vote.

.@AldermanOdham makes motion to pass #brunchbill in New Bern. It failed after lack of a second. @NBSunJournal @wcti12 @WITN7 @wnct9

-- City of New Bern (@CityofNewBern) July 12, 2017

The New Bern Board of Aldermen met Tuesday with the state brunch bill one of the items on the agenda. Some businesses were expressing excitement at the possibility of selling alcohol before noon, which the new brunch bill allows. If the ordinance had passed, it would have allowed restaurants in New Bern to start selling alcohol starting at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Gov. Roy Cooper 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.

Those in favor of the New Bern law said they wanted to enjoy drinks with their Sunday brunch. While many businesses were in favor, a large number we spoke with said it would deter people from going to church.

Carrboro in Orange County became the first city to adopt the bill. It also has passed in Atlantic Beach and Hyde County, among other places.

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