Bill dies in GOP caucus

ATLANTA --- Senate Republicans decided behind closed doors not to bring up a bill for a roll-call vote on allowing the public to decide if their communities can sell alcohol on Sunday afternoons.

Senate Republican Leader Chip Rogers told reporters gathered outside his office Thursday that the GOP Caucus didn't have enough support to guarantee passage of Senate Bill 10.

"The case was made. A discussion was had, a thorough, deliberate process," he said. "Everybody had a chance to go back and talk to their constituents. And after all that, it was a decisive answer: No."

Rogers, a supporter of the bill, had said at the start of the current legislative session that he expected quick passage when Gov. Nathan Deal announced he would sign it into law. Similar legislation has died in committee in previous years because then-Gov. Sonny Perdue vowed to veto it.

Once the threat of a veto disappeared, SB 10 won unanimous approval in committee, and a similar House bill sailed through committee in that chamber.

Observers had predicted a vote by the full House and Senate any day for the past two weeks.

Then the Senate Republican Caucus discussed the issue in its private meeting Wednesday, followed by the leadership's survey of support by the members.

Generally, the majority caucus withholds bills that don't have enough support to pass to spare members the embarrassment of voting for doomed measures, especially controversial ones.

"This is how we handle every single bill," said Rogers, of Woodstock.

Rogers said he didn't make a list of the reasons his colleagues opposed the measure, but a lobbyist for the grocery industry did.

Kathy Kuzava, president of the Georgia Food Industry Association, said beyond those who have a moral objection to selling alcohol there are legislators who see a legal conflict with permitting each community to vote.

"Some of the senators have expressed concerns that they believe that only the state has jurisdiction over alcohol ordinances, and that couldn't be further from the truth," she said. "So, we are attempting to get that cleared up for everyone."

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strib1
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strib1 02/17/11 - 01:25 pm
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just go to aiken co and buy

just go to aiken co and buy all you want, i think!!!

Name Not Important
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Name Not Important 02/17/11 - 01:36 pm
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I guess the temperance

I guess the temperance movement is still alive and well. *sigh*

Dorion
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Dorion 02/17/11 - 01:52 pm
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It's nice that these guys are

It's nice that these guys are looking out for us. I would hate for them to give the people the right to vote on this issue.

Frank I
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Frank I 02/17/11 - 01:54 pm
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They're afraid to get on the

They're afraid to get on the Christian Coalition's bad side....

ghsfrshmn
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ghsfrshmn 02/17/11 - 01:55 pm
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Come on Georgia, stop living

Come on Georgia, stop living in the past.

soldout
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soldout 02/17/11 - 02:00 pm
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Praise the Lord; modern

Praise the Lord; modern thinking is becoming more and more anti-alcohol because of folks claiming one drug is okay and others are bad. They are all either bad or good.

floridasun
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floridasun 02/17/11 - 02:00 pm
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This is crazy. Why is the

This is crazy. Why is the Senate Republican Caucus afraid to let the people vote on this issue? I thought Republicans were for less government interference in people's lives?

walrus4ever
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walrus4ever 02/17/11 - 02:01 pm
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Kinda like living in

Kinda like living in Iran......with grits.

dani
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dani 02/17/11 - 02:02 pm
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I would think that folks will

I would think that folks will continue to survive. Desperate people will find a way, maybe even stock up ahead of time.

Lawpig
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Lawpig 02/17/11 - 02:05 pm
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I hate to say it but we

I hate to say it but we really need to split this state in two....the majority of the opposition came from south Georgia. Now because of them we can't even have a vote on the issue. Oh well, I guess the alcoholics can just keep on going to TGIF on Sundays to get plastered and drive home. Way to go Georgia. At least Connecticut still has that law too.....

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 02/17/11 - 02:07 pm
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Awww folks stop complaining!

Awww folks stop complaining! These are the conservatives we voted for looking out for our best interest! They know what is good for us and they definitely know when government needs to be bigger and in control of our lives! Everybody knows that if you restrict alcohol sales in GA on Sunday nobody will be able to gain access to the devil's brew!

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 02/17/11 - 02:14 pm
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The save the weekend movement

The save the weekend movement is alive and well. If we continue chipping away at your weekends off you guys WILL work seven days a week and i'll have no one to jet ski and cook out with.

Boogaloo
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Boogaloo 02/17/11 - 02:49 pm
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Is it still OK to have fun on

Is it still OK to have fun on Sunday if it is not church related?

burninater
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burninater 02/17/11 - 02:53 pm
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CRRT, that's some serious

CRRT, that's some serious spin you've got going on there. Save the Weekend movement? A'right, then let's get after them Saturday sales too!

Nanny state is bad, except when it's good, and we'll be the judge of that, not you pesky voters ...

Give me ONE party that stands for it's principles, and I swear I'll swoon. I'm still holding out hope for the Tea Party, but their freshman class earmarks let me down a little ...

Taylor B
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Taylor B 02/17/11 - 03:06 pm
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Burn, the Libertarians are

Burn, the Libertarians are principled almost to a fault. Oh, and for the record, we told you that this was going to happen. We are much better at reading false campaign rhetoric than getting elected :(

Name Not Important
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Name Not Important 02/17/11 - 04:37 pm
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Libertarians don't have the

Libertarians don't have the financial backing that most democrats and republicans enjoy during campaigns. Sad but true that whomever has the most money will usually win the most votes....

seabeau
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seabeau 02/17/11 - 04:42 pm
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Alcohol is one of the most

Alcohol is one of the most dangerous substances every invented by man. Its cost to human society is enormous. This should not have to be a religious issue,it is a health issue. Raise the taxes on alcohol one hundred fold and spend the money on those whose lives have been ruined by it.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 02/17/11 - 05:07 pm
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Seabeau, your right. I

Seabeau, your right. I remember when the Enola Gay dropped that case of gin over Hiroshima... get real, bro.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 02/17/11 - 05:12 pm
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Name not important, your

Name not important, your right,. We also seem to latch on the wrong issues, and are reffered to as the "legalize it" party. If I asked 1000 people on the street how the felt about ending the Federal Reserve Bank, id get about 997 people that said "huh?" Ballot access issues are holding us back also.

Mwilli5009
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Mwilli5009 02/17/11 - 05:59 pm
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seabeau: Incorrect. Studies

seabeau: Incorrect.

Studies have shown that drinking wine in moderation — a glass or two a day — can lower your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses.

slats
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slats 02/17/11 - 08:40 pm
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seabeau: Actually alcohol is

seabeau: Actually alcohol is one of the most important inventions by man though indeed it can be dangerous. However, I think when someone advocates taking something from others (raise taxes on alcohol one hundred fold) to repair self inflicted damage to oneself you are a bit out of line. Also a little self righteous. Why don't we start charging you for the oxygen you breathe.

happychimer
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happychimer 02/17/11 - 09:40 pm
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I would much rather see

I would much rather see people buying alcohol in a store on Sunday than to see them getting drunk in a restaurant and driving home. Let them buy beer and wine on Sunday at the local grocery or convenience store .The voters would approve it.

Chillen
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Chillen 02/17/11 - 10:15 pm
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I would like to know how our

I would like to know how our local Senate reps voted. This was a mistake.

I see they are moving on to the Hope Scholarship. If they tie this to income it will be a total obama move. The "poor" already get federal grants, why should they get this too?

They need to take away the pre-k babysitting service and tie the Hope to SAT too - that way teachers aren't the determining factor in who gets or does not get the scholarship. The smartest & most deserving will get it.

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 02/17/11 - 10:41 pm
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Allowing Sunday alcohol sales

Allowing Sunday alcohol sales would erase the Sunday alcohol sales lisence therefore making the govn't lose alot of money. Have you ever seen it displayed in the local restaraunts? It is very costly. A grocery store can choose not to sell anything that they want. Piggly Wiggly did it. They do make people work on Sunday though, maybe those people want to go to church. Chick Filet doesn't make their employees work on Sunday. I just buy extra on Saturday.

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Riverman1 02/17/11 - 10:43 pm
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Early in the political career

Early in the political career of George Wallace he lost an election against a vocal segregationist. He said later no one would "out (can't use the word) him again."

These politicians are not letting anyone outdo them slamming alcohol.

bclicious
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bclicious 02/17/11 - 10:56 pm
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Why?

Why?

corgimom
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corgimom 02/17/11 - 11:21 pm
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"Praise the Lord; modern

"Praise the Lord; modern thinking is becoming more and more anti-alcohol because of folks claiming one drug is okay and others are bad. They are all either bad or good."

Soldout, while I personally agree with you that alcohol is one of the most destructive drug that is used, why is it that restaurants can serve liquor on Sundays? As you said, they are all either bad or good. So you can drink yourself silly in a restaurant on Sunday, but not in the privacy of your home?

How ABSURD is that?

usapatriot
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usapatriot 02/18/11 - 02:50 am
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darn. and nascar runs on

darn. and nascar runs on Sundays.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 02/18/11 - 06:03 am
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Join a membership only club

Join a membership only club and drink on Sundays. Usually the membership is only five or ten dollars a year.

badboytoys
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badboytoys 02/18/11 - 07:32 am
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Wow anyone noticed the other

Wow anyone noticed the other Bill that was suppose to be going through with it at the same time about doing something about all the illegals here in Georgia, I guess its not their job to update us on that one to. Good going you bunch of IDIOTS in office, I guess we'll just have to keep on paying taxes for all the illegals here.I say vote all the thieves out of office who promised us so much.

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