Sunday alcohol sales bill heads to governor

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ATLANTA --- Georgia communities would be able to decide whether stores can sell alcohol on Sundays under legislation headed to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature.

The measure sailed through the House by a 127-44 vote Tuesday night as lawmakers moved into the homestretch of the 2011 legislative session. The bill last month passed the state Senate, where it had stalled for five years. The governor has indicated he'd sign it.

House sponsor, Republican Rep. Roger Williams said the legislation is about local control

"It's about fairness," the Dalton Republican said. "It's not about religion. It's not about drinking."

"It's about letting your people back home express their views."

State Rep. Len Walker, a Loganville Republican, said that by that logic, most everything lawmakers consider should be decided at the ballot box.

"Why don't we extend the sanctity of local control to every measure we consider in this House of Representatives?" Walker said. "It may very well be that we want to extend the sanctity of local control when we don't have the courage to make a decision."

And state Rep. Randy Nix noted the bill was personal because his father was an alcoholic and Sunday was the time he could rely on him not getting drunk.

Nix said the bill will undoubtedly "encourage and promote greater alcohol availability."

The Sunday sales measure has been one of the most closely watched -- and heavily lobbied -- this legislative session.

The bill had languished for years, facing opposition from religious groups and veto threat from Gov. Sonny Perdue, a teetotaler. Deal said while he doesn't drink he believes in democracy.

The bill would allow local governments to decide to ask voters if they want to permit Sunday sales in grocery and conveniences stores from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays. Voters must approve the change, and the Georgia Christian Coalition has pledged to fight the referendums.

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wribbs
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wribbs 04/13/11 - 06:43 am
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Maybe now I can stop paying

Maybe now I can stop paying Sunday beer prices at the store I go to and not have to drive around back and get it handed out the back door in a paper bag. I'm glad out benevolent leaders have seen fit to toss us peasants a crumb.

soldout
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soldout 04/13/11 - 09:19 am
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no hysterics; just a sad day

no hysterics; just a sad day as society continues it's downhill slide. Praise God The Word says no child of God has to go the way of world. We can choose blessings and life and live under God's grace while the world deals with it's sowing and reaping. Jesus takes away any need or desire for alcohol or any other mind altering drug. He meets every need and gives peace and joy. Try Jesus; if it doesn't work out the devil will always take you back.

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 04/13/11 - 09:42 am
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Soldout please note that not

Soldout please note that not everyone is a god fearing Christian. It's past time to stop governing with the bible and to actually start governing with The Constitution ;-)

Taylor B
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Taylor B 04/13/11 - 09:45 am
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Actually, the devil told me

Actually, the devil told me if I act up one more time, were through.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 04/13/11 - 09:55 am
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Citibank, why are you so

Citibank, why are you so excited? All this bill does is allow local government to decide to ask voters if they want to permit Sunday sales in grocery and conveniences stores from 12:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Will you be crowing so loud when it goes to a vote and if the majority of the citizens wish to keep it as it is....no Sunday alcohol sales in grocery and convenience stores?

By the way, this government DEFINITELY does not govern by the Bible.

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Jane18 04/13/11 - 10:11 am
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Soldout please don't let that

Soldout please don't let that citibank person draw you into his/her asinine/inane comments. You know that in this time there will be many who are in a 'stupor'. We have many that comment on anything and everything that they "speak of things that they know not of". The best thing we can do is to ignore them. The one thing I would say to citibank is , be careful because you WILL answer for your words and deeds, and don't waste your time answering this to me, I won't come back to my computer until tomorrow!

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 04/13/11 - 10:16 am
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"By the way, this government

"By the way, this government DEFINITELY does not govern by the Bible."

Sodomy is illegal, it's illegal to own a sex toy, fornication, no alcohol on Sundays...all religious in nature when they were written.

There are quite a few archaic laws still in effect here, most of which are firmly rooted in the silly idea that everyone here is a "god fearing christian". Not true. Not even remotely. Someone should redress the current laws and toss them out if they are built like this. Separation of church and state. Come lets get Georgia into the 21st century.

I'm a fan of personal responsibility, and do not believe you can, or should, mandate morals onto the general public. It's legal, allow it's sale. Not everyone is offended at the idea of having a beer on Sunday without having to drive out of the state to get it. Not to mention the tax dollars in Augusta that are lost to Sunday sales in Aiken County...if you don't want to buy alcohol on Sunday that's your right...it should not hinder mine if I so choose...

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soldout 04/13/11 - 10:55 am
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Jane18 thanks for your advice

Jane18 thanks for your advice and I won't get into a long discussion on the subject. My hope is that if I cause one parent not to influence a child in such a way that causes that child to stumble I have done a good thing. For a parent standing by a fresh grave of a teenager killed by alcohol it is one thing to have sadness; but another and much worst to have sadness and regrets over their possible influence in the child's choice to drink. Live life by the Word and regrets will be few.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 04/13/11 - 11:24 am
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Soldout, if a teenager is

Soldout, if a teenager is killed by alcohol, they are already breaking the law, what makes you think they wont break one on Sunday? Your parade of "horribles" and emotional warfare tactics show your intellectual immaturity. There are laws to keep teens from drinking. There is also free will. Until you figure out how to kill the latter, good luck with enforcing the first. ;)

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JENNPAT 04/13/11 - 12:31 pm
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People wake up why do you

People wake up why do you need the Lord's day to by alcohol? Some of you need help all this is going to do is help the the cities and state make more money.If you need alcohol that bad you need help because you have a problem and need to get it

JesusSavesAtCitiBank
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JesusSavesAtCitiBank 04/13/11 - 12:57 pm
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Jenn it's about FREEDOM not

Jenn it's about FREEDOM not the need to do it. But the freedom to have the choice on whether you do or don't and not let the nanny state make that choice for you.

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andnowfor 04/13/11 - 01:17 pm
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According to Jewish tradition

According to Jewish tradition (i.e. Jesus' faith); isn't Saturday the Lord's day?

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 04/13/11 - 03:52 pm
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Man was in such a hurry to

Man was in such a hurry to party on Saturday they just couldn't make it to church until the next day, so the whole thing was moved over.

The only reason we still have a pittance of a weekend is most folks are off work. As we force more and more to work on Saturday & Sunday our weekends are eroded further and further. Surely folks can stock up on Alcoholic Beverages to last them just ONE DAY?

Save the weekend, we'll all be glad we did.

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