Recent polls by Elon University and Mason-Dixon Polling and Strategy suggest that a majority of registered voters support changes to state controlled liquor sales, with many advocating privatization.

The NC Retail Merchants Association released a statement this week saying residents would like the freedom to purchase liquor at grocery stores.

But at a legislative committee meeting Monday night, some lawmakers balked at making changes anytime soon.

State Senator Joyce Waddell, a Democrat from Mecklenburg County, expressed concern about potential job losses. The News and Observer reports The Alcohol Beverage Control commission employs almost 3,000 people across the state.

And while the state could make more money by opening stores on Sunday, that proposal has received mixed reaction. Rep. Pat Hurley, a Republican from Randolph County, said Sunday should remain “the Lord's day.” A majority of respondents to the Elon poll agreed with that sentiment.

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