The Augusta Commission voted to decrease the distance stores selling alcohol must be from one another. (January 20, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
The Sunday Alcohol sales bill, once frozen by the Republican majority in the Senate is flowing through the Georgia Legislature again.
After failing to make progress for weeks, senators will vote on the bill Wednesday. The vote will determine if the bill will make it to the House.
Opposition groups are pressuring lawmakers to kill the bill before it hits Georgia ballots for citizens to vote, but the Senate is saying not so fast. Those in favor of the Sunday sales have high hopes because Governor Deal said he won't veto it.
Atlanta, GA (AP) - Supporters of legislation that would let local
communities vote on whether to have Sunday alcohol sales say the
issue is still alive and that lawmakers should let voters weigh in on the issue.
About 75 people gathered at the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday for
a rally prompted by a Facebook group called Georgians for Sunday
Alcohol Sales. Several legislators joined the rally, including Sen. John Bulloch and Rep. Roger Williams, the bill's sponsors.
Georgia is one of three states that does not allow Sunday alcohol sales at grocery or liquor stores. The proposals got off to a fast start after Gov. Nathan Deal signaled his support for a local option, but later met with opposition. The bill is now stalled in the Senate, which has all but declared the issue dead for this year.
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