- Associated Press - Thursday, March 2, 2017

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Some North Carolina legislators are pushing legislation that will let restaurant patrons get a Bloody Mary or mimosa with their Sunday brunch.

Several senators sponsored a bill this week that would allow county commissioners or municipal councils to pass ordinances granting exceptions to the statewide ban on Sunday beer, wine and liquor sales before noon. Restaurants in those cities or counties could start serving alcoholic drinks at 10 a.m. Alcoholic Beverage Control stores would remain closed on Sundays.

The proposal is backed by the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association. Social conservatives against expanding alcohol sales are likely to oppose the measure.

The measure also would expand the capabilities for North Carolina distilleries to sell their products and to hold special free tasting events.

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