The bill, which also would move up Sunday sales of mixed drinks in restaurants and bars from 2 p.m. to 10:30 a.m., passed the House 70-26, over the objections of Delegate Woody Ireland, R-Ritchie.
Ireland said he didn't buy the argument that the tourism and hospitality industry needs the bill so that drinks can be served at Sunday brunch, noting, "I really don't see the reason for drinking at breakfast.
"Is our tourism really a drink at 10:30 in the morning?" Ireland added. "If that's what it takes to buoy up our small businesses, we're skating on pretty daggone thin ice."
The bill goes to the Senate.
Also Monday, the House passed 96-0 legislation to allow persons with concealed weapons permits to have firearms in their vehicles on the Capitol Complex.
Current law makes it a misdemeanor to have a firearm anywhere on the Capitol grounds. During discussion in the House Roads and Transportation Committee last session, several delegates indicated they have concealed weapons permits and on occasion have had firearms in their vehicles parked at the Capitol.
Delegate Danny Wells, D-Kanawha, on Monday pointed out the bill would allow firearms in cars parked on the north side of Kanawha Boulevard, adjacent to the Governor's Mansion.
That bill, which passed on the West Virginia Citizens Defense League's day at the Legislature, also goes to the Senate.
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