Aiken County to look at blue laws

Tuesday, June 16, 2009 7:52 AM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 9:54 PM
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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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patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/16/09 - 07:59 am
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Of course the blue laws hurt

Of course the blue laws hurt tax revenues in border cities. I'm not certain what the blue laws were all about, but they've been a mystery since I moved here in the early '70s. It's high time they disappeared.

viewer 1
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viewer 1 06/16/09 - 08:12 am
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Death to the Blue Law in

Death to the Blue Law in Aiken County!

weatheringheights
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weatheringheights 06/16/09 - 08:12 am
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You know what blows my mind

You know what blows my mind is that you can't buy a can of spray paint on Sunday morning, but you can buy sex toys and porno 24/7/365. Now that's messed up!

BIGCAT1500
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BIGCAT1500 06/16/09 - 08:39 am
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The BLUE LAWS is something

The BLUE LAWS is something that was initiated centuries ago in South Carolina. Citizens shuold be able to purchase what they want anytime for your household, especially if you work crazy shift hours. I can remember as young school student you couldn't buy filler paper for school on sundays. Bottom line get rid of the BLUE LAW, it serves no purpose

iwonder
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iwonder 06/16/09 - 09:46 am
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finally.

finally.

purmkinhed
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purmkinhed 06/16/09 - 09:59 am
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Let's pray! LOL I don't even

Let's pray! LOL I don't even try to buy anything over here. On Sundays my car is on auto pilot and it automatically takes me across the river!!!

nareader
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nareader 06/16/09 - 11:02 am
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Please please please get rid

Please please please get rid of the silly blue laws.

juliebac
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juliebac 06/16/09 - 12:57 pm
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Myrtle Beach and other SC

Myrtle Beach and other SC cities did away with the "Blue Law". Perhaps the Aiken council can do away with it as well-that way, visitors will perhaps stay longer and spend money in Aiken (county) instead of leaving early since they cannot buy anything (and the locals benefit as well!. More money for the county instead of it going elsewhere.

check
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check 06/16/09 - 01:06 pm
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Upstate's Pickens County did

Upstate's Pickens County did away with the blue law long ago, too. If the law is couched in religious beliefs, where is the separation of church and state with blue laws? Council and Commission members: please abolish the antiquated blue laws in Aiken Cty.

gnumbgnuts
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gnumbgnuts 06/16/09 - 01:21 pm
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I don't know what I hate

I don't know what I hate worse, blue laws or crossing the river.

RebelTA
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RebelTA 06/16/09 - 02:25 pm
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blue laws seem to only

blue laws seem to only irritate people who can't seem to organize theirselves enough to shop for the items on the other 6 1/2 days of the week. I grew up with them and adjusted to them and grew up in a family who spent sundays mornings together, and it wasn't in church. But then again closing sunday morning could be considered government interference.

RebelTA
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RebelTA 06/16/09 - 02:26 pm
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i guess i am just ambievalent

i guess i am just ambievalent on this subject!

Philo-Publis
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Philo-Publis 06/16/09 - 03:32 pm
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I don't ever drink alcohol

I don't ever drink alcohol and I am at Church in the morning and don't go to a store before 2pm on Sundays anyway.

But our Government has NO business telling us what we can and cannot buy and when we can buy it.

If it's legal on Tuesday, it should be legal on Sunday.

jack
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jack 06/16/09 - 04:14 pm
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No doubt thiese blue laws

No doubt thiese blue laws were enacted bsack when the churches were the leaders of the community and Sunday was a day off for everyone (not many worked on Sunday in the old days). This is the 21st century and no place for these blue laws.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 06/16/09 - 06:46 pm
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How are these blue laws

How are these blue laws constitutional?

KSL
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KSL 06/16/09 - 08:27 pm
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It's unanimous. Outlaw blue

It's unanimous. Outlaw blue laws!

twman
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twman 06/16/09 - 10:50 pm
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Weatheringheights,we dont

Weatheringheights,we dont care where you buy your sex toys and porn.

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