WV LEGISLATURE DECLARED CALHOUN 'WET' - Calhoun Last Dry County In WV, Voters Could Petition

3/8/2020 - The 2020 WV Legislature declared all counties wet, making the entire state “wet” when it comes to the sale of liquor and wine, Calhoun County being the last dry county in WV.

Commission President Chip Westfall said, "The new law makes every county and city wet after July 1. The commission can then decide to to go dry, with voters petitioning the commission to have a special election to go deal with the matter. The petition must be signed by 25 percent of registered voters."

There are currently 13 “dry” areas (cities) in the state, mostly municipalities and Calhoun.

Historically, Calhoun has defeated several efforts to allow the sale of Liquor.

2/27/2020 - Calhoun County is the only county of the 55 not to allow the sale of liquor - no liquor store. Over the years Calhoun voters have turned it down. Now comes another move all counties and some dry municipalities to go wet, a legislative effort likely moved forward by lobbyists for distilleries.

HB 4524 which would make the entire state “wet” when it comes to selling alcoholic liquors for off-premises consumption. There is currently one “dry” county, Calhoun, and a handful of “dry” municipalities when it comes to liquor sales. The bill includes a county option to stay “dry.” Delegate Kevan Bartlett, R-Kanawha, said there are way too many alcohol-related bills.

“Here we go with another booze bill and I continue to learn and I’m struggling with this body’s apparent obsession with booze and gaming (gambling) and I ask are these truly the high ideals we want to bring to the capitol,” Bartlett, a pastor and freshman delegate said.

A House killed a bill, HB 4639, on a 48-51 vote. It would have changed required vehicle inspections from the current one year to two years. Delegate Doug Skaff, D-Kanawha, said those who work in the area of vehicle safety didn’t want the bill.

“The state troopers were adamant against this–the state troopers! I almost feel if I vote (for) this I’m breaking the law they were so adamant against it,” Skaff said.

Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, who owns his own auto garage said the state’s entire inspection system should be scrapped. “Dishonest shops cheat the customer. They tell them something is wrong with their car and it needs replaced in order to make the money they’re losing on inspections. Most shops are honest,” Howell said.