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WV House passes bill allowing Sunday retail liquor sales

February 9, 2019 GMT

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill Thursday allowing for the retail sale of liquor on Sundays after 1 p.m.

Currently on Sundays, West Virginians can only purchase beer and wine.

Thirteen delegates, all Republicans, voted against the bill. Del. Eric Porterfield, R-Mercer, was the only one to speak against it.

“Any expansion of alcohol is not going to make West Virginia a better place to live, work or raise a family,” Porterfield said. “I believe if we expand any type of alcohol, we’ve also got to look at the crime, the families that are going to be broken up, and all the other things that come with it.”

The bill still needs approval from both the Senate and the governor to become law.

The original version of the legislation enabled retail liquor sales after 10 a.m., but it was amended in committee.