Bill allowing booze to flow on St. Patrick’s Sundays gets final approval

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Legislation that would allow alcohol sales in bars if St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday overwhelmingly passed the state House on Wednesday and is headed to Gov. Nathan Deal’s desk.

The bill passed the House 147-7.

SB 318, by Sen. Lester Jackson, D-Savannah, lets local governments decide whether they want to allow alcohol sales in establishments other than restaurants in those particular years. Current law only allows sales of alcohol for on-site consumption on Sundays in restaurants — that is, places that derive a majority of their income from food sales.

Last year’s St. Patrick’s Day was on a Sunday. The holiday this year is on Monday, March 17.

Savannah hosts one of the country’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals, giving the issue added importance for the coastal city.

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