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Senate Bill No. 535

(By Senators Bowman and Unger)


[Introduced March 11, 2009; referred to the Committee on Government Organization.]


A BILL to amend and reenact §60-2-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to allowing counties with contiguous borders with other states where the closing time for bars is earlier than the closing time set by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission to set a closing time at an hour no later than that of the contiguous state.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §60-2-16 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§60-2-16. Rules.
(a) The commission shall have the power to prescribe rules and regulations to give effect to the powers vested in it by this chapter. Rules and regulations shall be recorded in a book especially kept for that purpose, and in its discretion may be published for general circulation. All other records and entries necessary to show the official conduct of the Commission shall be preserved and shall be public records and open for inspection during business hours.
(b) Any municipality, or for establishments located outside of municipalities, the county commission may, by ordinance, set the closing time of any business licensed by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission and engaged in the business of selling alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, to a time of its choosing. The ordinance supercedes any authority to set the closing time granted the Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow municipalities and county commissions to set a closing time for bars licensed by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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