Aiken County to look at blue laws

Aiken County Council will discuss tonight a proposal to suspend a state law forbidding certain commercial purchases on Sunday mornings.

If approved, the vote would allow stores such as Wal-Mart to sell certain things early Sunday instead of having to wait until 1:30 p.m. as they currently do, county officials have said.

Officials say that they have the authority to suspend the state law locally and that such a decision would also apply to cities within the county.

Some officials have said in the past that the state law involving Sunday-morning purchases has hurt sales tax collections in the county, putting it at a disadvantage to areas across the river in Georgia.

The issue will first come up in a 5 p.m. committee meeting today at the council’s headquarters on Richland Avenue. It then will go before the full commission at its 7 p.m. meeting.



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