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Monday, January 24, 2011 - 10:18am

Sunday Alcohol Sales Could Pass

Updated: 3 years ago.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers discusses future of Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia. (Photo Georgia General Assembly)

This could be the year the legislature will allow Sunday alcohol sales to go before voters. With Governor Perdue no longer in office, a veto threat is gone.

A group of state senators introduced a bill that would allow alcohol to be sold after church on Sundays.

The bill calls for local communities to hold a vote on whether to allow retail alcohol sales after 12:30 pm on Sundays. For years former Governor Sonny Perdue had blocked efforts to put Sunday alcohol sales before voters.

Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers says with Governor Nathan Deal things are different.
"Perhaps it has a greater chance of passing this year than every before," Rogers says. "You have a governor who has said that he'll allow the people to make that determination which is contrary to the prior governor. "

The bill still blocks any alcohol sales on Sunday mornings. That's a concession to Georgia's religious community.

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