The booze bill passed the state Senate on Monday and is now headed to Gov. Jim Justice’s desk for approval.

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Ashebrooke Liquor Outlet would benefit from the passage of HB 2481.

HB 2481 will permit the retail sale of liquor on Sundays after 1 p.m., except on Easter Sunday, and if Christmas were to fall on a Sunday, if the bill is signed into law.

The final version of the booze bill, which was amended multiple times, passed overwhelmingly in both the Senate (29-4), and the House of Delegates (86-12).

Justice has not indicated if or when he will take the bill up.

After a bill is signed into law, the normal effective date, or date the law goes into effect, is 90 days.

Ninety days from Thursday would be May 21, just two weeks after WVU’s 2019 graduation.

The original version of the bill allowed for the retail sale of liquor after 10 a.m., but was amended in committee.

Currently in West Virginia, only beer and wine can be sold after 1 p.m. In 2016, West Virginia passed a brunch bill, allowing for the retail sale of liquor in restaurants before 1 p.m.

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Joe Severino is a senior Journalism major from Elkins, West Virginia. He is the News Editor for The Daily Athenaeum and interned with the Charleston Gazette-Mail summer 2018.