Governor Cooper signs bill allowing gameday alcohol sales

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - A bill giving North Carolina's public universities the option to sell beer and wine at campus athletic events has been signed into law by Governor Roy Cooper.

The House and Senate approved the legislation earlier this month.

It would allow trustee boards at University of North Carolina system campuses to decide whether to sell alcohol at their stadiums and athletic facilities.

Although alcohol is now prohibited inside venues, a few schools receive narrow exceptions. Bill supporters say the legislation could control game-day consumption and lead to fewer alcohol-related problems.

ECU Athletics says they intend to work with university officials and the Board of Trustees and "seek their guidance on the direction of our campus alcohol policy."

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A bill giving North Carolina's public universities the option to sell beer and wine at campus athletic events is now on the way to the governor for his signature.

The House voted 88-25 this afternoon on the proposal, accepting minor Senate changes to the bill. On Monday, the Senate voted 33-12 in favor of the legislation.

It would allow trustee boards at University of North Carolina system campuses to decide whether to sell alcohol at their stadiums and athletic facilities.

Although alcohol is now prohibited inside venues, a few schools receive narrow exceptions. Bill supporters say the legislation could control game-day consumption and lead to fewer alcohol-related problems.

ECU Athletics says they intend to work with university officials and the Board of Trustees and "seek their guidance on the direction of our campus alcohol policy."



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North Carolina's public universities are another step closer to having the option to sell beer and wine during campus athletic events with a bill that's cleared another General Assembly committee.

The measure passed by the Senate commerce committee on Wednesday gives university trustee boards authority to issue alcohol sale permits on campus. The committee amended the bill to also allow alcohol sales at some leased venues off-campus.

Both alcohol sales and consumption are currently widely prohibited inside athletic venues, but there are some exceptions.

Universities told lawmakers the bill would give them greater control over game-day drinking activities and lead to fewer alcohol-related problems. Some lawmakers expressed concern that the bill would exacerbate binge-drinking issues.

The legislation cleared the House in April and now heads to another Senate committee.

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