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Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 4:52am

Sunday Sales To Get GOP Senate Caucus Hearing

Updated: 3 years ago.
State Senate majority leader Chip Rogers wants a GOP caucus to decide whether or not to move the Sunday alcohol sales measure forward. (photo-Georgia General Assembly)

Senate Republicans will meet Wednesday to decide whether a bill to allow Sunday sales of alcohol in Georgia will make it to the full Senate for a vote.

Christian conservatives have started to lobby hard against the bill, and Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers says a Republican caucus meeting is necessary.

"When we have issues where there appears to be some contention, we would like to have a full caucus discussion and debate among all of our members before we proceed forward to the floor."

Rogers says the general rule among Senate Republicans is if a bill does not have a majority, it will not be considered for a vote.

Lobbyists for Sunday sales had high hopes that this would be the year their bill makes it through the Legislature. That's because Governor Nathan Deal said he would not veto it, unlike his predecessor Sonny Perdue.

Wednesday marks Day-15 of the General Assembly schedule.

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