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NCRLA 2017 Legislative Review



The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) is fiercely committed to improving the business and regulatory climate for North Carolina’s restaurant and lodging establishments through aggressive advocacy on national, state and local issues. *To download the full-length NCRLA 2017 Legislative Summary, click here.


In 2017, NCRLA accomplished the following:


Passed Brunch Bill

NCRLA led the successful effort to allow early Sunday sales of alcohol. Restaurants will be able to meet customer demands, grow their businesses, create jobs, increase tax revenue and bring patrons into business districts earlier on Sunday. To date, numerous municipalities have adopted ordinances allowing alcohol sales beginning at 10 a.m.; find out if your community is one of them here


Passed Grill Bill

NCRLA advocated for the “Grill Bill,” which allows restaurants and hotels to use outdoor grills to better serve their patrons.


Secured Funds for Tourism Promotion

NCRLA worked to secure $2.5 million in funding for state tourism marketing and promotion in the state budget. Research shows that additional investment in marketing ensures continued visits to our state and generates additional room nights and restaurant expenditures.


Maintained Occupancy Tax Guidelines

NCRLA fought to maintain long-established occupancy tax guidelines that ensure proceeds are used only for tourism promotion and the hospitality industry.


Defeated Two New Meals Taxes

NCRLA defeated two new meals taxes proposed for Brunswick and Caswell Counties. These taxes unfairly impact patrons of local restaurants and deli counters.


Protected Summer Tourism Calendar

NCRLA supports our school calendar law and opposed efforts to change it. This protects the summer tourism season and the thousands of jobs that it provides.


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