New alcohol permit rules pass NC Senate committee

Rules requiring longer notice and legal presence for alcohol permit clear NC Senate committee

Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Tougher rules for obtaining a permit to sell alcohol are advancing in the North Carolina Senate.

A bill requiring the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission to issue one-time permits at least 10 days before an event and to notify law enforcement cleared a Senate committee Tuesday. The bill also would require those seeking permits to show proof of a legal presence in the Unites States.

Sen. Andrew Brock of Mocksville says he's seen cases where organizations in dry counties successfully shop for permits in wet counties before Alcohol Law Enforcement agents know what's happening.

The new law would require the alcohol commission to notify ALE of one-time permits for nonprofits, government and political organizations within three days of issuance. The law still needs full Senate and House approval.

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