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Monday, February 25, 2008

New Push for Sunday Sales in Georgia

More than 30,000 Georgia voters have signed a petition to ask the state to allow retailers to sell alcohol on Sundays.

The Georgia House and Senate may take up the measure because they are already slated to consider proposals that would allow Sunday beer sales at a new baseball stadium in Gwinnett; enable Internet wine sales from Georgia farm wineries to consumers in the state; and permit limousine services to serve alcohol to customers.

Supporters of the bill are racing the clock as the Georgia legislative session heads into its final weeks. Last year a bill to allow Sunday sales died in committee. The Georgia Christian Coalition has come out against the proposal and Gov. Sonny Perdue, who does not drink, is said to be against the measure. He could veto any bill passed by the legislature.

The Georgia petition in favor of Sunday sales can be found at www.petitiononline.com/GASB138/petition.html. Another website, votesundaysales.com, was started by retailers supporting the move.

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