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Thursday, March 05, 2009

Effort to Permit Sunday Alcohol Sales in Georgia Dies Again

A bill that would have allowed local communities in Georgia decide on whether they would permit alcohol sales at retail stores on Sundays has been pulled on the eve of when it faced a key vote.

Sen. Seth Harp, the sponsor of the bill, said he did not have the votes to get the bill out of committee so it could be considered by the full Senate. The bill would give local communities the option on whether the sale of beer, wine and liquor should be allowed in grocery and packaged stores.

Alcohol sales in bars and restaurants is allowed in many parts of Georgia on Sundays.

The Sunday sales bill has been in the works in Georgia for several years, but has been bottled up by technical moves from opponents who want to keep it from coming to a vote of the full legislature. The Georgia Christian Coalition is one group that has lobbied lawmakers to resist the idea.

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