The bill to permit Sunday sales of beer and wine in Georgia was just introduced in the Senate, and immediately hit a set of greased skids designed to increase its chance of passage this year.
In past years, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle has assigned the measure to the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee, chaired by state Sen. David Shafer, R-Duluth, where it has sometimes languished.
This morning, Cagle chose a new direction. SB 10 is now under the wing of the State and Local Government Operations Committee – nicknamed “Slo-go” – chaired by newcomer Butch Miller, R-Gainesville.
As did previous versions, SB 10 would allow local communities to hold referendums on whether to allow Sunday sales of beer and wine in grocery and convenience stores. “It’s a local matter for local government to offer local referendums,” explained Cagle spokesman Ben Fry.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider