Political Notes – ‘Sunday brunch’ bill heads to the governor

[private]Legislation allowing restaurants to sell alcoholic drinks earlier on Sundays (SB 17) passed the House by a 97-64 vote Monday and headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for his consideration.

The “Sunday brunch” would allow the sale of drinks to start at 11 a.m., rather than the current 12:30 p.m. time.

Approval by local voters in a referendum would be required before these early sales would be authorized.

Gwinnett County legislators have tried for several sessions to liberalize the Sunday sales law. Rep. Brett Harrell (R-Snellville) was the original sponsor of such legislation, but Sen. Renee Unterman (R-Buford) more recently picked up the cause.

“It was a compromise and it’s not quite what we wanted, but it’s better than what we had,” Unterman said.

Package sales of alcohol on Sundays would be unaffected by the bill.

February numbers up 4.8%

Georgia’s net revenue collections for February totaled $1.23 billion, an increase of nearly $55.9 million (4.8 percent) over last year when collections totaled $1.18 billion.

Individual Income Tax: Individual Income Tax collections for the month totaled $476.5 million, up from $451.9 million in February 2017, for an increase of $24.6 million, or 5.4 percent.

Sales tax revenues totaled $459.5 million, an increase of $38.6 million (9.2 percent) compared to February 2017.

For the first eight months of the fiscal year, net collections totaled $15.1 billion, an increase of $868.8 million (6.1 percent).

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