RALEIGH, N.C. -- After much committee discussion in both chambers this session, a proposal to allow alcohol sales before noon on Sunday won approval in the Senate Thursday.

Senate Bill 155 would allow cities and counties to decide
whether to allow local restaurants and bars to serve alcohol beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays.

"This is a pure local option," sponsor Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, told the Senate Rules Committee. "We will join 47 other states in allowing some form of alcohol sales before noon."

The measure also includes several provisions easing rules for the state's growing craft distillery industry.

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