House Bill 884 is on the schedule for vote today in the North Carolina House of Representatives. That bill would grant the Wittenburg Township a vote on alcohol sales could happen as early as the November ballot.
A separate referendum cleared a hurdle in Raleigh on Tuesday. The North Carolina Senate passed Bill #884 by a vote of 36-6. 7 State Senators did not vote and 1 was absent.
The Alexander County Board of Commissioners asked the state legislature to clarify existing laws and therefore allow the referendum for the Wittenburg township which is comprised of the Wittenburg and Bethlehem Communities.
In the last countywide ABC referendum held in 2013, Bethlehem 1 and 2 precincts and Wittenburg voted for alcohol sales to be allowed . The vote failed overall in the county balloting by a margin of less that 5 percent. Commission Chair Ryan Mayberry, a resident of Bethlehem submitted the resolution to the board citing the economic impact it could have on the County.
The House is expected to pass the bill today sending the legislation to the Governor’s desk.