State Senate votes to allow vote on Sunday liquor sales

The Georgia state Senate, after almost four hours of debate, has voted 32-22 to approve legislation that allows local jurisdictions to decide for themselves whether to allow Sunday retail sales of alcohol. Senate Bill 10 will now go to the state House of Representatives, where passage is considered probable.

Gov. Nathan Deal has also said he would be willing to sign the measure. So maybe at least that much will get done.

– Jay Bookman

527 comments Add your comment

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:18 pm

Now that we’re pulling ourselves out of the dark ages, if we can just get a little Tax Reform, Medicaid block grants, and fixin’ dat educumucation problem (better learnin and STEM), things would be looking just Peachy.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:20 pm

Jay, you should check this out. I bet prices skyrocket now that they will be adding Sunday liquor sales to the index. :)

http://bpp.mit.edu/daily-price-indexes/

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:22 pm

Surely more than this will get done by the end of crossover day….. oy

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

HOORAH!!

beer.

for.

EVERYbody! (well, if they’re 21 or over)

TaxPayer

March 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

They do need to get something of value accomplished.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:24 pm

We need legislative reform. Without the county unit system anymore, I see no reason for a bicameral legislature. For starters.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
1:25 pm

YIPPEEE!!!!

USinUK – left you a note downstairs….

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:26 pm

Bosch – and I replied! :-)

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:26 pm

Oo. I see Health Care Exchanges are on the docket. That’ll be interesting. Well done, they’re a huge asset for the self employed and everyone else.

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

(although, I have to admit, there was a certain part of me that would be mildly amused watching non-Georgians line up at the register to buy their beer on Sunday and being refused … oh, the astonishment that anyone still had blue laws in effect …)

Bryan G.

March 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

Georgia: almost in the 20th century now!

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

USinUK,

Thanks!! You’re a peach!!

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

just kidding, exchanges are DOA

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

March 16th, 2011
1:27 pm

I wouldn’t celebrate just yet. The House still has to pass it. I can guarandamntee there’s a huge withdrawl of funds from lobbying accounts to try to defeat that bill in the house. I’ll wait to celebrate it when Deal signs it.

TaxPayer

March 16th, 2011
1:28 pm

Since cutting taxes generates untold fortunes in tax revenues, shouldn’t the Republicans just focus all their time on that one item such that there will be tons of dollar bills available to pay for whatever we want. Raises for everyone. Government jobs for everyone. More raises for everyone. Health insurance for everyone. Government cheese for everyone. HOPE for everyone. Wine for everyone.

Jay

March 16th, 2011
1:28 pm

jm, that’s been taken off the list. Tea Party got to ‘em.

AmVet

March 16th, 2011
1:29 pm

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:29 pm

Um, Deal needs to get his head in the game…. if the Feds win the lawsuit, and set up the exchanges, GA will be FUBAR

that's just goofy

March 16th, 2011
1:29 pm

The possibility of beer sales is the GOP’s way of getting us ready for our tax (fee) increase to offset the tax breaks to corporate and special interest donors.

JoanofArcWelding

March 16th, 2011
1:30 pm

Well the holy rollers will have their shorts in a wad over this development. Now they’ll switch their crusade to the county level to try and defeat the local option vote.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

jm,

For the life of me, I can not understand why anyone would be opposed to HC Exchanges — my mom ran her own business for years and that would have saved her tons of cash that she had to spend on her few employees health insurance (because my mom was a good person and offered her employees health insurance even though she didn’t have to).

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

“one prohibiting the release of feral hogs in unfenced areas.”

dernit. all those high school senior pranks will now be illegal….

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:32 pm

jm – so sorry to hear that your mom was a commie mommie ;-)

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:34 pm

Bosch – yeah, I got no bones at all with the exchanges themselves. the subsidies and Federal guidelines, that’s a different matter.

But GA would be smart to say: here’s how we think this makes sense, Feds, give us a waiver cause your rules are stupid.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:35 pm

USinUK 1:32 – say what?

Paul

March 16th, 2011
1:35 pm

Nice to see equal treatment under the law. No more special privileges for orthodox Jews, Seventh Day Adventists and Church of God!

Jefferson

March 16th, 2011
1:36 pm

If its legal the day of the week should not matter, nor should it be voted on. Why should my opinion matter if a person wants to sell beer any day of the week (legally) or if someone wants to buy a drink. If they can do it in Atlanta, it should be allowed in Hopeulikit. This local “vote” again is BS way to limit freedom.

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:37 pm

jm – eeees joke.

Daedalus

March 16th, 2011
1:39 pm

Glad that’s out of the way. Maybe the legislature can now focus on things like water, schools and infrastructure. Wait, that’s too hard and bashing gays and pushing christian values on everyone else is much more divisive and brings out the base.

Look out gays and pro-choice proponents, the GOP Taliban is coming after you next.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:40 pm

Liberty! for my libations.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:42 pm

Don’t tread on me liquor.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
1:42 pm

Daedalus,

Oh, I didn’t think about that — yeah, now the Fundies are gonna be pissed — coming out swinging!!! Things are changing tooo quickly….can’t handle it…..

TaxPayer

March 16th, 2011
1:44 pm

Can’t those Republicans do something else important before their time is up like vote on a real flag or have another secessionist vote or just make it illegal for any Dem to vote in Georgia or something. How about making tornados illegal. That would be good.

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:44 pm

jm – I second both your 1:40 and your 1:42 …

oh, and pass me a lime for my mojito!

@@

March 16th, 2011
1:44 pm

Seein’s how I’m not a boozer on any given day, this decision has no impact (negative OR positive) on my life.

Wasn’t Germany committed to reducing their CO2 emissions. Gonna be kinda difficult if they go offline.

Al Gore to the rescue??????

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:44 pm

We either need a full time legislature. Or one that only works 24 hours each year and is paid commensurately (which is not too different than now).

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:46 pm

No Digestif without Aperitif!

Kamchak

March 16th, 2011
1:47 pm

Just read in the dead tree edition that Ronnie Hammond of the Atlanta rhythm Section has died.

RIP and thanks for the memories.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
1:47 pm

“Seein’s how I’m not a boozer on any given day, this decision has no impact (negative OR positive) on my life”

For me, this issue was more about the government infringing upon the democratic process and blocking the will of local communities.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:47 pm

Viva la libations!

George W

March 16th, 2011
1:48 pm

AMEN AMEN AMEN AMEN….WAY TO GO REPUBS!!!

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:49 pm

You can have this bourbon when you pry it from my cold, limp hands.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:50 pm

Give me libations, or give me a boat.

Jefferson

March 16th, 2011
1:51 pm

Bosch – explain this will of local communities. I just don’t get it. I’m for equal protection and application of state law, not if it depends on what some minority (voters) think.

Normal

March 16th, 2011
1:51 pm

Maybe they figure that if you drink on Sundays you’ll see Jesus… :)

I know I had a religious experience with a valium and a bottle of Blue Nun…just sayin’…

Normal

March 16th, 2011
1:53 pm

Less government in my six pack!

@@

March 16th, 2011
1:54 pm

Bosch:

For me, this issue was more about the government infringing upon the democratic process and blocking the will of local communities.

I don’t doubt it. You’ve made it quite clear you prefer prescription drugs.

Don’t drink and pop!

George W

March 16th, 2011
1:54 pm

Finally something both Dems and Repubs can agree on……BOOZE!

Kamchak

March 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:55 pm

Normal – I believe you mean “GREAT TASTE … LESS GOVERNMENT”

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:56 pm

George – :lol: too true … you should see those lobbyist receptions!

TnGelding

March 16th, 2011
1:56 pm

Don’t count on it. I would guess it will die in the House. Sunday should be a day of rest…and recovery!

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:56 pm

Congress shall make no law disrespecting an establishment of alcohol, or prohibiting the free consumption thereof; or abridging the freedom of consumption, or of the wine press; or the right of the people peaceably to imbibe, and to petition the Government for a redress of taxation thereof.

Until the 18th Amendment, fortunately since repealed.

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
1:58 pm

jm – in the beginnin, there was booze.

and it was good.

jm

March 16th, 2011
1:58 pm

A well attended Bar, being necessary to the enjoyment of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear cocktails, shall not be infringed.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
1:59 pm

Jefferson,

For the most part, I do believe in equal protection and application of state law as well — like in the case of education — no, if most in the community believe that Earth is 6000 years old and women were created from a man’s rib, that’s fine, they can be ignorant on their own, but using tax dollars to breed ignorance is not okay with me.

But in this case, it doesn’t bother me to let communities decide for themselves what they want — it’s not a national emergency or anything. Hypocritical? Maybe, probably — while I try to be consistent, sometimes it’s not so easy.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:00 pm

@@,

“You’ve made it quite clear you prefer prescription drugs”

Excuse me?

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:01 pm

dammit, where’s paul when I need him?

what time is it in Texas … anybody?

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:02 pm

USinUK,

I think 1:00???

Paul

March 16th, 2011
2:03 pm

@@

“Seein’s how I’m not a boozer on any given day”

Not quite how I pictured you. Don’t think the stilettos quite work –

http://tinyurl.com/66nndp

TaxPayer

March 16th, 2011
2:03 pm

Well, it is not as though you could fly, for example, on Sunday in order to make sure your pilot is not sauced so what’s the point in banning booze on Sunday.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:03 pm

USinUK,

Ask and you shall receive. Look! It’s Paul!!

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:03 pm

Bosch 1:59 – take tax dollars out of the education equation, and then people can be however smart or dumb as they want without government and political involvement.

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:04 pm

paul – what time is it in Austin?

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:04 pm

(this whole US on daylight savings / UK not is making me crazy)

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

Glad to know planes flying over GA on Sunday can now serve….

Southern Comfort (aka The Man)

March 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

Kamchak

Nate Dogg died yesterday too. Not quite the same musical impact as ARS, but Nate will be missed in the hip hop world.

RIP

Jefferson

March 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

What if the local community wants to have a hindu prayer before the football games ? That would get struck down, eh?

B- thanks for the reply, I’m with you on the education. I think all public school students should have the same amount allocated to them no matter where they live.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

” take tax dollars out of the education equation, and then people can be however smart or dumb as they want without government and political involvement.”

No, I dont think so. Education is a right of the people in this country, and I believe in national standards in education, and with that comes an expectation of learning.

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:05 pm

The wheels of progress turn ever so slowly. And we wonder why people break some laws….

@@

March 16th, 2011
2:06 pm

U.S. stocks fall despite 5.7% jump in Japan’s Nikkei

“The reason why the markets are so turbulent is because whilst the Japanese earthquake may reduce demand for oil in the short-term, longer-term a reduction in the use of nuclear reactors to produce electricity…may increase dependency on oil and therefore would increase demand,” said Bache Commodities energy broker Tony Machacek.

Some estimates are predicting that Japan’s oil and fuel use could rise by 500,000 barrels a day if the country’s nuclear power capacity is rendered inactive for any relatively lengthy period.

Slip, sliding away…slip, sliding a-a-wa-a-ay

the nearer your destination

the more it’s slip sliiiiiiding

awa-a-a-a-ay-ay-ay-ay

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:06 pm

“What if the local community wants to have a hindu prayer before the football games ? That would get struck down, eh? ”

since that would be the establishment of religion, yes.

reebok

March 16th, 2011
2:06 pm

wow, we are on the verge of roaring right into the 20th century here!

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:06 pm

Bosch 2:05 – “Education is a right of the people in this country, and I believe in national standards in education, and with that comes an expectation of learning.”

I agree. But that’s not mutually exclusive from what I said.

Paul

March 16th, 2011
2:07 pm

USinUK 1:06 in the afternoon.

Bosch

“Hypocritical? Maybe, probably — while I try to be consistent, sometimes it’s not so easy.”

Sign of mature thinking, seems to me.

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:08 pm

thank you, sir! :-)

Paul

March 16th, 2011
2:08 pm

Bosch

“Ask and you shall receive. Look! It’s Paul!!”

The Force is strong with you, Father -

@@

March 16th, 2011
2:08 pm

Paul:

I drink. I just don’t celebrate the opportunity like so many here.

TaxPayer

March 16th, 2011
2:09 pm

If this legislation gets passed, you may one day be able to hire a roofer or painter any day of the week and be assured that you’ll get the same consistent quality of work.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:10 pm

You know it my Padawan, Paul.

I like the ring of that “Padawan Paul.” Did I spell that right? “Padawan” — I know I got the “Paul” right, right?

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:10 pm

On another bright front:

New Electrical Generator Could Be 40% More Efficient
http://www.ecogeek.org/efficiency/3452

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratory are developing a new gas turbine to increase the efficiency of conventional electrical power plants with a generation system that could increase the thermal-to-electric conversion efficiency by 40 to 50 percent.

-that would be huuuuuge. good for coal, natural gas, etc etc etc etc

@@

March 16th, 2011
2:10 pm

Bosch:

How many times have you come in to share with us, the buzz you were enjoying?

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:13 pm

@@,

Um, from prescription drugs? I think once — when I had bronchitis and some kick ass codeine cough syrup. That hardly quantifies as my preference to altered states of consciousness being prescription drugs — never ceases to amaze me how low you sink.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

March 16th, 2011
2:13 pm

I hope there’s not a “liquor meltdown”. That would be bad !

By the way,

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:14 pm

Well. At least @@ and Bosch are “on topic”. Still at each others’ throats. But on topic.

Jefferson

March 16th, 2011
2:14 pm

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:06 pm
“What if the local community wants to have a hindu prayer before the football games ? That would get struck down, eh? ”

since that would be the establishment of religion, yes.

Well yeah. Point is just because the majority of locals want it — don’t make it right, its unfair to the minority.

Paul

March 16th, 2011
2:14 pm

USinUK

Most welcome.

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:15 pm

“I hope there’s not a “liquor meltdown”.”

Happens all the damn time with my “scotch on the rocks”…..

Kamchak

March 16th, 2011
2:16 pm

How many times have you come in to share with us, the buzz you were enjoying?

Not nearly as many times as I’ve read about someone cleaning their goddamn pool.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:16 pm

Jefferson,

While I see your point, one of which I agree, in this particular case, I still don’t have a problem with letting the locals decide it. Like I said, if this were something to do with religion (which one could argue this is) or education, then it would be different, but in this case — so be it.

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:17 pm

“Not nearly as many times as I’ve read about someone cleaning their goddamn pool.”

Well. Since we’re getting this out of the way, can I complain about how long my taxes take to do?

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:17 pm

jm – I know a few scots that would have issues with your “on the rocks” …

me, I can’t abide the stuff …

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:17 pm

“letting the locals decide it”

Bosch is a state’s righter?! Who knew? Welcome old friend.

AmVet

March 16th, 2011
2:17 pm

The bill is thought to have a good chance in the House. The governor has indicated he would sign it into law.

What will be real interesting is to see whether our most reactionary counties like Cobb, Cherokee, Forsythe and virtually all of the rural and dead red counties say yea or nay.

I presume the more purple and blue counties will join in with the remaining 47 other states, leaving little old Connecticut and Indiana in the past…

Paul

March 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

@@

“I drink. I just don’t celebrate the opportunity like so many here.”

Thanks. Whew. Good to know the stilletos work –

Bosch

Correct on both.

(see, I’m tryin’ the short answers, some gap in time before responding. Hope it rubs off on WOW.)

jm

March 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

USinUK – I prefer neat. except on hot days.

USinUK

March 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

jefferson – okay, I’ll bite. how is allowing everyone to purchase beer on sundays unfair to the minority? it’s not like they’re being FORCED to buy it.

Jefferson

March 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

Bosch,

So be it.

Bosch

March 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

“Bosch is a state’s righter?! ”

For many things, yes. Like I said, it all depends on what the issue is.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

March 16th, 2011
2:18 pm

By the way:

Several journalists wrote a good editorial the other day asking why there had been “zero” reports of looting ! “0″ !

I wonder why?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/theweek/213154