Thu., February 17, 2011 8:46am (EST)

Senate Has Fate Of Sunday Alcohol Sales
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
After a fast start, the fate of Sunday alcohol sales is on shaky ground in the 2011 General Assembly session. (GPB file photo)
After a fast start, the fate of Sunday alcohol sales is on shaky ground in the 2011 General Assembly session. (GPB file photo)
Sunday alcohol sales got a hearing in a state Senate caucus meeting Wednesday at the state Capitol. Following was a secret vote count that could determine whether the controversial measure makes it to a full Senate vote.

After breezing through legislative committees with no opposition from conservatives or liquor sales groups to start the General Assembly session, 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.

On Wednesday, one Senate Republican suggested he’s not sure whether to allow voters to decide on Sunday sales for their local communities is a good idea.


Contributors: Associated Press