The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) applauded the West Virginia legislature for passing a measure to allow the sale of distilled spirits across the state.

The bill, HB 4524, reverses the current Prohibition-era structure of state laws by requiring localities to opt-out of selling spirits rather than forcing dry counties to opt-in.

“We commend the House and Senate for modernizing the marketplace for spirits consumers,” said David Wojnar, vice president of state government relations at DISCUS. “It’s well past time to end burdensome Prohibition-era blue laws that inconvenience West Virginians.”

The bill now heads to the governor’s desk for signature. A similar measure was signed into law last year in Virginia.