NC lawmakers approve game-day alcohol sales at UNC schools

NC lawmakers approve game-day alcohol sales at UNC schools
Representative John Bell and North Carolina Senate Majority Whip Rick Gunn are sponsoring the bill that will allow public universities to sell beer and wine at venues on campus.

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A bill authorizing boards of trustees at University of North Carolina system schools to decide whether to sell alcohol at their stadiums and athletic facilities has cleared the final hurdle in the General Assembly.

The House voted 88-25 on Wednesday to approve the Senate version of the bill, sending the measure to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for his signature. Cooper has not said whether he is favor of the bill or not. A spokeswoman for Cooper said he will review it before making a decision.

Supporters of the bill say it gives universities an additional source of revenue and greater control to curb unsafe drinking habits. Opponents worry that it would create a disruptive atmosphere at athletic events and exacerbate drinking problems.