Alabama restaurants could soon have the right to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings starting at 10 a.m. under a bill filed in the state House of Representatives.
Dubbed the “brunch bill,” House Bill 353 would allow Alabama counties and municipalities the ability to give restaurants, bars and hotels in their jurisdiction the opportunity to serve alcohol for on-premise consumption two hours early on Sundays. ABC stores would remain closed on Sundays. Currently, under Alabama general statute 1992, § 4-29.1, it is illegal to purchase alcohol between 2:00 a.m. and Sunday and noontime Sunday.
Introduced by Birmingham-Democrat Juandalynn Givan, the bill is currently pending a reading from the House Economic Development and Tourism Committee.
11 additional states have some variation of Sunday alcohol restrictions: Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and West Virginia.