The Rome City Commission has deferred until next year a vote on Sunday alcohol retail sales. The commission had planned to put the issue on the Nov. 8 ballot, but decided Monday night to hold off because there's no other reason to hold an election that day in the northwest Georgia city. A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds nearly 100 cities and counties throughout the state are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during the November general election later this year.
A tally by the Georgia Food Industry Association finds that 97 cities and counties throughout Georgia are set to hold Sunday sales referendums during the November general election later this year. The group said the votes represent about 2.5 million Georgians.
Bulloch County Commissioners have decided to put a Sunday alcohol sales referendum on the ballot this fall. The referendum on Nov. 8 applies only to package sales of malt beverages and wine. Liquor can be purchased in the county only in restaurants with a license to pour.
A federal judge blocked two sections of Georgia's immigration law, but the rest of the law is set to take effect. Beginning Friday, it will be a felony to use false documents when applying for a job. Another part of the law creates a board to investigate complaints about government officials not complying with state laws on illegal immigration. Several other laws take effect Friday in Georgia, including a law allowing billboard owners to clear state-owned trees that block views of their signs.
Voters in Athens won't have a chance to vote on Sunday sales of alcohol in stores until next year. Athens-Clarke commissioners say they are delaying a referendum on Sunday sales until the presidential primaries next year. The primary date has not been scheduled, but Georgia's usually is held in March.
Momentum is picking-up across the state as more cities and counties prepare to put the question of Sunday alcohol sales to their voters. But many liquor stores owners are at best -- lukewarm -- on the possibility of another day of sales.
A Metro-rural split has opened up on the question of Sunday alcohol sales. Since Gov. Deal signed a law letting local governments put Sunday alcohol sales on ballots, a flurry of Metro Atlanta governments have committed to a vote. But more rural areas mostly haven't taken up the issue either way. The reluctance might not be all about conservative voters.