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Franklin wants public input on ‘brunch bill’

Before deciding whether to adopt a new statewide law allowing for earlier Sunday alcohol sales, the Franklin Town Council wants to have more input from the community.

The so-called “brunch bill” was passed by the North Carolina General Assembly this year and allows businesses to begin selling alcohol at 10 a.m. on Sundays instead of noon. However, local governments have to pass a local ordinance to allow the new law to be in effect.

The town of Waynesville is considering adopting the “brunch bill” and the Bryson City Board of Aldermen voted against passing the ordinance despite strong support from the local business community.

Many communities are waiting for business owners to approach them about it if there is any interest since expanding alcohol sales on Sundays in the Bible Belt is always a controversial issue.

Those wishing to express support or disapproval of the bill can share their opinions during a public hearing to be held at 7:05 p.m. Monday, Oct. 2, during the Franklin board’s regular meeting at Town Hall.