1 Wake leader opposes earlier Sunday alcohol sales. So hold off on that mimosa at RDU. – News & Observer

People who want to buy alcohol before noon on Sunday at RDU International Airport or other parts of rural Wake County are out of luck, at least for the next few weeks.

The Wake County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 6-1 in favor of allowing alcohol sales to start at 10 a.m. instead of noon on Sundays. But since one commissioner opposed the idea, the board will have to vote on the issue again at its next meeting for the new rule to take effect.

Commissioner James West of Raleigh voted against the measure, saying that supporting it would violate his conscience.

“I think we’re moving a little bit fast,” West said. “I simply don’t see the need, in terms of my values and my mission and the things that I stand for.”

State law requires county boards to take a second vote on issues that don’t receive unanimous support during a first reading. The board’s next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 7, and the vote will not have to be unanimous to be approved.

The all-Democrat board hoped to join the growing number of municipalities and counties in North Carolina that are allowing earlier alcohol sales. Under a new state law, alcohol can be sold starting at 10 a.m. if local governing boards approve it.

Until Gov. Roy Cooper signed the “brunch bill” on June 30, North Carolina was one of only three states to prohibit Sunday morning alcohol sales.

Raleigh, Carrboro and Hendersonville were among the first to adopt the change during the first week of July, and nearly two dozen municipalities scheduled discussions to consider changing their rules before the end of the month.

Wake Commissioner Erv Portman called Sunday alcohol sales “a liberty issue” giving residents “the

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