Aiken County Council has final vote Tuesday on 'blue law' repeal

Monday, Aug 17, 2009 12:21 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2010 9:54 PM
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AIKEN -- The Aiken County Council will take a final vote Tuesday night to repeal the so-called “blue law” that forbids certain purchases in Aiken County on Sunday mornings.

Already, council members have voted twice in favor of ending the state law’s practice in the county. The last meeting on the topic attracted a large crowd, with more than an hour of public comment from those for and against repealing the Sunday morning ban.

Those in favor of ending the ban say the Sunday morning sales restriction on certain items hurts Aiken County in the way of lost sales tax dollars as customers simply drive across the river to Augusta where no such ban exists.

Those wanting to keep the law in tact say it honors the Sabbath and allows those who have to work on Sundays to be able to attend church before starting their work day.

The law forbids certain purchases, including clothes, jewelry and tools, before 1:30 p.m. Sundays.

Tomorrow’s council meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the council’s chambers off Richland Avenue. Committee meetings will take place at 4 and 5 p.m., with a work session to occur at 6 p.m.

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