Georgia Lawmakers to Consider Sunday Alcohol Sales

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - The proposal to allow Georgia voters to decide
whether they want to be able to buy alcohol on Sundays is headed to
the Senate floor after breezing through a committee weighing the

Sunday sales has been a hotly debated topic in recent years, as
religious groups consistently opposed the idea and former Gov. Sonny Perdue vowed to veto any law passed in the Legislature approving the measure.

Those who spoke in support of the bill on Wednesday say the issue is not a moral one, but a question of economic fairness, competition and common sense.
The proposal would let voters decide in local referendums whether they want Sunday alcohol sales between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. If approved, the issue could be before voters as soon as this fall.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 02:01 PM
    Even when you drive into florida to buy alcohol on Sundays you have to drive a good ways to get to a store that will sell you alcohol on Sundays. A lot of towns in Florida that are on the Georgia/Florida line will not sell Alcohol to you on Sundays. Our state could really use the extra income that selling alcohol on Sundays would bring in.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 12:38 PM
    A small percent do live close to Florida but i've gone to Alabama many times. Some people in north Ga. go to Tennessee. I also know alot of bootleggers that make alot of money on Sunday. Some counties like the one i was born and raised in don't allow whiskey to be sold so we just went to the next county. Just more lost revenue for a county and the whole state loses on Sunday.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    @me, you do realize that only a very small percentage of Georgians live close to Florida don't you? I don't think the people who live in Macon ever consider driving to Florida for a 12 pack of Sunday beer. Of course, they could drive to Atlanta or Savannah or Valdosta[?] where they at least serve alchohol in restaurants after noon. Georgia's alchohol laws are laughable in how little logic they follow. But, hey at least we're not South Carolina, where they still have to pour mixed drinks in bars out of those little airline bottles.
  • by me Location: ga on Feb 3, 2011 at 05:57 AM
    People who buy alcohol are going to buy it even if it means driving to Florida on Sunday. Why shouldn't it be allowed in Georgia so that the money is spent in Georgia?
  • by it's dumb on Feb 3, 2011 at 04:48 AM
    Banning sales on Sunday is stupid.
  • by money money money Location: moneyville on Feb 2, 2011 at 10:23 PM
    money money money money money
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