We’re here to ask you to help.
You can make a phone call to keep the Brunch Bill from dying in the House of Delegates.
Ready to step up? Follow our instructions and make some calls
to give West Virginia our #FreedomtoBrunch…
There’s probably no bill that we’ve covered more frequently in the Legislative Hubbub this year than the Brunch Bill (SB 298).
Think of us however you want, but we firmly believe that allowing the sale of alcohol during Sunday brunch is going to be a big boost for economic development in our state.
We’re not even sure why there is a fight over it. It has been, and remains, a mystery to us why people keep killing this good bill each year.
SB 298 passed through the Senate but was not well received in the House. House Speaker Tim Armstead spoke publicly about his ambivalence towards the bill and suggested that it was not likely to be taken up because it wasn’t a “priority” this year.
Not a priority?
The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce has said that the direct economic impacts of the Brunch Bill for the state and our tourism industry will be significant for restaurants, resorts, and golf courses, among other locations.
According to the Chamber, “One single resort, Snowshoe Mountain Resort in Pocahontas County, estimates that passage of this bill would result in an additional $500,000 in revenue per year – from direct revenue alone.”
The state of Georgia has estimated that they have received an estimated $100 million per year in additional revenue after passing a brunch bill last year.
That’s additional revenue, taxes, and jobs. Sounds like economic development to us.
The Chamber and its partners is asking all of us to help get the bill moving through the resistant House of Delegates. They’ve already had success in getting it past one major hurdle – it was put on the House Roads & Transportation Committee’s agenda at the last minute on Thursday and passed after being amended to require county-by-county votes to approve Sunday brunch sales.
Now we need your help to get it put on the agenda of the House Judiciary Committee – where it has to compete with around 350 other House bills to get placed on the agenda. That’s a heavy lift!
So put down your cocktail and pick up your phone.
You’ve got two tasks. And you’ve got to do them today.
As in, right now.
First, call your local delegate (here’s the phone numbers) and tell them why this bill matters to you – and why you think it will matter to the state. To help you, here’s some talking points and more background statistics.
Second, call the Chair and Vice-Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. Ask Chairman Shott and Vice-Chair Lane to please put the bill on their committee’s agenda immediately. Tell them why it matters to you. Tell them why it matters to West Virginia.
Tell them it’s about jobs, it’s about taxes, it’s about tourism and growth for communities all over our state. And it’s about making legislation that addresses the needs identified by local communities.
We can make this happen this year. We just need your help.