Ryan Announces Cosponsorship Of Legislation To Allow Restaurants To Serve Alcohol Before Noon On Sunday

“Brunch Bill” Would Reform Prohibition-Era State Law That Bans Restaurant Alcohol Sales Before Noon On Sunday – Governor’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Working Group Recently Released A Report Recommending Changing State Law To Allow Alcohol Sales Before Noon On Sunday

Ryan: Commonsense Changes Will Be Good For Small Businesses And Brunch Patrons Here In Western New York And Across The State

BUFFALO – Today, April 17, 2016, New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan announced that he is cosponsoring legislation which would allow restaurants in New York State to sell alcohol before noon on Sunday’s. Current state law prohibits restaurants from selling drinks like Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s during Sunday brunch until after 12pm. The legislation Ryan is cosponsoring would allow Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants beginning at 8am.

Governor Cuomo last year convened a working group to study New York’s prohibition-era alcohol laws, and earlier this week they released a report outlining numerous changes that should be made. One of the changes they endorsed was allowing alcohol sales at restaurants before noon on Sunday. The legislation, A.8617, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, would allow restaurants to apply for an annual permit to sell alcoholic beverages beginning at 8am on Sundays.

Assemblyman Sean Ryan said “In recent years, we have worked very hard to reform many of New York’s prohibition-era alcohol laws. We have found that many of these laws have no practical effect, and are a significant burden on small businesses and citizens of New York State. I thank Governor Cuomo for putting together a working group last fall to study our alcohol laws and figure out ways to modernize them and improve them. One of the working group’s most important recommendations is allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages before noon on Sunday’s. There is no legitimate reason to prevent someone from having a Mimosa or Bloody Mary with brunch on Sunday morning. The Brunch Bill will be a huge boost for small business, and it will allow people to be served alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner. This legislation is a commonsense reform which recognizes current business and social customs and trends.”

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