House panel OKs Sunday sales bill


Sunday package sales of alcohol moved a big step closer to passage Tuesday as the House Regulated Industries Committee gave a “do pass” recommendation to SB 10.

It took less than 10 minutes for the committee to meet, hear a few comments on the bill, and vote its approval of the measure.

“I call it the local control and democracy bill,” said Sen. John Bulloch (R-Ochlocknee), the sponsor, because the measure provides that Sunday package sales of beer, wine or liquor must be approved by voters in local referendums called by city or county governments.

SB 10 is expected to be taken up by the full House of Representatives next Monday. If the House votes as expected to adopt the bill, Gov. Nathan Deal has said he will sign it into law.

The governor’s signature would remove Georgia from the short list of three states (Indiana and Connecticut are the others) that still bar Sunday package sales of beer, wine and liquor.

Restaurants and sporting venues have been able to sell alcohol by the drink on Sundays for more than a decade, but the package sales prohibition has remained on the books.

© 2011 by The Georgia Report


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