HB4524 S JUD AM #1
The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out everything after the enacting clause and inserting in lieu thereof the following:
CHAPTER 60. STATE CONTROL oF ALCOHOLIC LIQUORS
ARTICLE 5. LOCAL OPTION ELECTIONS.
§60-5-1. Election in county, magisterial district or municipality.
magisterial district or any municipality
may in an election held especially for the purpose, determine whether the sale
of alcoholic liquors for beverage purposes shall be permitted within that
county magisterial district or municipality.
A local option election shall not be held within 60 days of a general or municipal election.
§60-5-2. Election called on petition of five percent of qualified voters.
The county commission, or the governing body of the
as the case may be, shall call a special local option
election upon the filing of a petition signed by not less than five percent of
the qualified voters within the county a magisterial district or
§60-5-3. Form of petition.
The petition shall be in the following form:
Petition for Local Option Election
We, the undersigned legally qualified voters, resident
within the county
(magisterial district) (municipality)
of_______________, do hereby petition that a special election be held within
the county (city, town) of __________________ on the ___________ day of
__________________, 1920 ____, upon the following question:
Shall the sale of alcoholic beverages under the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner be (permitted) (prohibited) in __________________?
Name Address Date
(Post office or street and number)
§60-5-4. Notice of election; when held; election officers.
court commission or governing
body of the municipality shall give notice of the special local option election
by publication thereof as a Class II-0 legal advertisement in compliance with
the provisions of §59-3-1 et
seq. of this
code, and the publication area for such publication shall be the area in which
the election is to be held. Such notice shall be so published within 14
consecutive days next preceding the election. The election shall be held not
more than 90 nor less than 60 days from the filing of the petition. The regular
election officers of the county or municipal corporation shall open the polls
and conduct the election in the same manner provided for general elections.
§60-5-5. Form of ballot.
On the ballot shall be printed the following:
Shall the sale of alcoholic
for off-premises consumption under the West Virginia liquor Alcohol
Beverage Control commission Commissioner be permitted in
(Place a cross mark in the square opposite your choice.)
§60-5-6. How election conducted and results certified.
The ballots shall be counted, returns made and canvassed
as in general elections, and the results certified by the commissioners of
election to the county
court commission of the county, or the governing
body of the municipality. as the case may be. The county court commission
or governing body shall without delay certify the result of the election to the
§60-5-7. Discontinuance of state stores and agencies in local option territory.
Within 30 days after a local option election in which a
majority has voted No, the
commission commissioner shall close
order the closing of all state stores selling alcoholic liquor
for off-premises consumption within the county, the magisterial district
§60-5-8. When another election may be held.
When a local option election has been held in a county,
magisterial district or municipality, another such election shall may
not be held for a period of two years.
§60-5-9. Allowing state-wide off premises of alcoholic liquors; exceptions; procedures.
(a) Effective July 1, 2020, the sale of alcoholic liquors for off-premises consumption is authorized in all counties and municipalities of the state.
(b) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (a) of this section, a county or municipality which prior to January 1, 2020, prohibited the sale of alcoholic liquors for off-premises consumption may, pursuant to this article, hold an election to maintain the prohibition against the sale of alcoholic liquors for off-premises consumption; :Provided, That a county commission or the governing body of a municipality may, without the petition required by the provisions of §60-5-2 of this code, enter an order to hold a local election option on the issue of whether to maintain the prohibition against the sale of alcoholic liquors for off-premises consumption based upon a majority vote of the county commission or governing body of the municipality if such order is entered on or before July 1, 2020, in which event the election shall be held concurrent with the 2020 general election. The County Commission or municipality may require the state to reimburse it for the actual cost of conducting the election authorized by this subsection.
(c) A county or municipality which prohibits the sale of alcoholic liquors for off-premises consumption pursuant to subsection (b) of this section may later reconsider its action using the procedures set forth in §60-5-1 et seq. of this code.