Senate Could Cork Sunday Sales After Fast Start

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Atlanta, GA (AP) - Turns out an unwilling governor wasn't the only
obstacle to a vote on Sunday alcohol sales.

After breezing through legislative committees with no opposition from conservatives or liquor sales groups, the proposal seemed headed for quick passage in the Legislature after years of stonewalling by former Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Lawmakers touted the issue -- which would offer municipalities the option of putting the question to voters -- as one of local control, not morality.

But after vowing to cede the Capitol in favor of fighting the issue locally, some opposition groups are back at the Gold Dome pressuring lawmakers to kill the bill in the General Assembly before it hits Georgia communities. The Senate, which has been hesitant on the issue, is now saying not so fast.

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

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  • by yep Location: tally on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    Dry Sunday is just an old tradition. Just do it is right people just stock up on Saturdays. I go to Georgia a lot, I have family there, we just stock up. Here in Tallahassee with the rule of no alcohol sales after 2am I could really care less, I can barely stay up past 11:30 or 12.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 07:14 AM
    Yes, tally has a similar law (no beer sales after 2am) now, if you sit by these stores just outside city limits at 2:15 am, you will see a bunch of drunk drivers going outside city limits to buy more beer...seems stupid, let them walk to the store on the corner....but I am no politician so I have common sense .......
  • by Is this serious? on Feb 17, 2011 at 06:39 AM
    I don't venture into Georgia very often and this issue doesn't impact me at all, but I think it is quite humorous. What is the purpose of restricting the sale of a product on a particular day of the week? How about no toilet paper sales on Tuesdays. This is comical that one would even waste time debating. If the store that sells it is open there should be zero restrictions on sale. I don't understand why Florida towns have restrictions for sales times. They don't impact me, but what if a guy on the night shift wants to buy a six pack on the way home from work at say 3am? Why shouldn't he be allowed to? If the store is open (gas station) then let them sell.
  • by just do it on Feb 17, 2011 at 04:53 AM
    No beer sales on Sunday makes about as much sense as this Governor. It's a dumb law. People just stock up on Saturday night.
  • by Tom Location: Georgia on Feb 17, 2011 at 03:38 AM
    Yep, crime rate is up, unemployment is up, taxes are up but let's worry about being able to buy liquor on Sunday. We see where our leaders (?) don't have things in priority.
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