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http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/blog/capitol_vision/2011/01/senate-leader-sunday-sales-bill-likely.html

Gov. Nathan Deal’s hands-off position on Sunday sales of alcohol is the “green light” Georgia lawmakers have been waiting for to seriously consider the issue, Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers said Monday.

In his first press conference of the 2011 legislative session, Rogers, R-Woodstock said he expects the General Assembly to take up a bill that would let communities across Georgia decide whether grocery, convenience and liquor stores should be allowed to sell alcoholic beverages on the Christian Sabbath.

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue, a non-drinker, blocked efforts to pass Sunday sales legislation during his eight years in office by threatening to veto the measure should it reach his desk.

But Deal pledged on the campaign trail last year not to stand in the way of Sunday sales.

“It has a greater chance of passing this year than ever before,” Rogers said Monday.

While groups of Christian conservatives oppose selling alcohol on Sundays on religious grounds, lobbyists for the food and beverage industries say Sunday sales would boost the economy and provide additional convenience for shoppers.

The bill’s supporters also stress that it would a local-option measure, giving conservative communities in rural Georgia the right to continue banning Sunday sales of liquor.

Read more: Senate leader: Sunday sales bill likely | Atlanta Business Chronicle

If this gets pulled off before April, my 21st birthday won't suck.

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Still trying to figure out where the " christian" conservatives are finding this in the bible.

"Take, drink, this (wine) is My blood....." .....oh, wait.......

Okay, maybe "neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved....."........no?

Wait, surely it's "and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine....."........hmmmmmm.......

HEY! Maybe it's in the Epistles!

"Stop drinking only water, and use a little wine because of your stomach and your frequent illnesses."

Oh, well. I'm sure it's in there somewhere.

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Alcohol is the Devil's Elixir!* :angry:

*One day a week. On the six other days, it's just fantastic. In moderation of course. **

** Speaking of moderation, can we get some of these socialism threads off the front page? All this whining is making my ***** hurt.

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This is long overdue. While this law has it religious origins, I always thought it had become a champion issue for the restaurant and bar lobbies, more than the teetotalers as of late.

Those dumb liquor laws helped to drive my bar out of business years ago.

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Those dumb liquor laws helped to drive my bar out of business years ago.

Really? I always thought it drove more people to bars and restaurants to drink on Sunday than if they could pick it up at the corner store. I know you had to pay a premium to get your liquor license to include Sunday, but other than that, I'm curious how it hurt a bar.

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Really? I always thought it drove more people to bars and restaurants to drink on Sunday than if they could pick it up at the corner store. I know you had to pay a premium to get your liquor license to include Sunday, but other than that, I'm curious how it hurt a bar.

They increased the percentage of sales that had to be from food. It jumped from 36% to close to 50% if I remember correctly. What it ended up doing was putting a lot of bars out of business, but didn't affect restaurants. Which I think was their goal.

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