The moment the Sunday sales bill passed

An anonymous follower of the Political Insider blog has sent this video of lobbyists outside the Senate chamber, reacting to the Wednesday passage of SB 10, the bill to permit the packaged sale of alcohol on Sunday:

We’ve got a searchable database of the Senate vote here. By the way, a rumor around the state Capitol had the House taking SB 10 and sending it to Gov. Nathan Deal tonight. We checked. It won’t happen.

A hearing has been scheduled before the House Regulated Industries, chaired by Roger Williams, a backer of SB 10, for next Tuesday at 9 a.m.

Updated at 5:37 p.m.: Whoops. Now it seems that Tuesday wasn’t soon enough. The hearing has been moved to 10 a.m. Monday.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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111 comments Add your comment

Centrist

March 16th, 2011
3:35 pm

As my teenage daughter used to say while rolling her eyes: “big whoop”.

But allowing local communities to vote on such things does seem to be better than state legislators telling the voters yes or no.

Freedom lover

March 16th, 2011
3:42 pm

Oh yes, state legislators voting to NOT allow local communities the right to deny someone the legal right to buy or sell a completely legal product would be so AWFUL. Just imagine if freedom somehow broke out in this state. The consequences might be disasterous. Centrist is a poor choice of name. Borderline totalitarian is more appropriate.

SouthGaGuy

March 16th, 2011
3:43 pm

This is moving in the right direction. Letting voters decide.
Now if we could actually separate Church and State, life in GA would be grand!

yippity-do-dah

March 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

so happy this happened today!

“christian” conservatives and their backwards social engineering need to keep their filthy minds out of my private life. if they allow the whole state can vote on who can marry who, and in effect strip an extremely small minority in the state of basic human value, i say they opened the door to me buying booze on sunday. thaaanks @$$monkeys!

Engineer

March 16th, 2011
3:46 pm

Oh wow, I honestly didn’t expect this to happen. I am very pleasantly surprised. Here I thought the religious morality police (cough Greg Goggins cough) in the GA senate wouldn’t let it be voted on.

Mystic55

March 16th, 2011
3:47 pm

Imagine how much more effective State Government would be if we had popular referendums.

Isn’t going to happen in this state because that would require the State Legislators (of both parties) giving up their ability to ineffectively waste the time and power that has been given to them.

David A. Staples

March 16th, 2011
3:50 pm

If only Judson Hill would have stood with his constituents instead of the Georgia Christian Coalition… but I guess that’s asking a bit much isn’t it?

Vote No

March 16th, 2011
3:51 pm

Hopefully, the house votes this alcohol bill down. There is way too much drinking in Georgia already and we don’t need more. These legislators will have to answer to the Coalition if they voted for it.

Ghostrider

March 16th, 2011
3:55 pm

@ TD

Who’s your Daddy….

Robert

March 16th, 2011
3:57 pm

The people must not be allowed to vote! That would be democratic.

Ghostrider

March 16th, 2011
3:57 pm

@ Vote No

Get a life you Moron….Who gives a crap what you think, crawl back under your rock loser.

cs

March 16th, 2011
4:01 pm

The republican party just killed itself.

David A. Staples

March 16th, 2011
4:02 pm

@Vote No – These legislators that voted No will have to answer to their constituents if they voted against it. There are many more people in Georgia that want Sunday sales than those who do not.

cs

March 16th, 2011
4:04 pm

Robert, where’s our state flag vote? I dont mean the rigged one. So much for the democratic talk. What the chamber wants the chamber gets and piss one everyone else.

Rival

March 16th, 2011
4:04 pm

@ Vote No

Riiight. Because this bill forces people to drink more.

And, judging how this vote went today, looks like “the Coalition” doesn’t have as much clout as you think. Let them put up crazier candidates against the current Republicans. That makes it more likely that a moderate Dem will be elected.

Freedom won today. Keep your religion out of my government and my life and I’ll keep mine out of yours.

td

March 16th, 2011
4:05 pm

Ghostrider

March 16th, 2011
3:55 pm
@ TD

Who’s your Daddy….

Good luck and I hope you like paying for the increased cost that will be associated with this legislation. Please drink responsibly.

DW

March 16th, 2011
4:06 pm

WOW.. hell must have frozen over today!! THANK GOD.

TD, where ever you are…. get ready to suck on DEEZ NUTZ! lol

SpaceyG on Twitter

March 16th, 2011
4:06 pm

That’s why they don’t let lobbyists in press boxes.

cs

March 16th, 2011
4:07 pm

Wheres my freedom to smoke around you and your kids? Your freedom to drink around me and my kids is somehow different?

TotalT

March 16th, 2011
4:07 pm

Who made the motion to table? Schaffer?

JoeV

March 16th, 2011
4:07 pm

@td

Greatest. Day. Ever.

Let freedom ring!

CN

March 16th, 2011
4:08 pm

The only thing that bothers me about this passing is that we are not a democracy and I hate these dopey “pass the buck” referendums. I elected my senators and representatives to go vote on issues, not kick the can down to road to mob rule. They should have had the courage to offer a bill that just made Sunday sales legal rather than passing the decision along. It is a real shame we don’t have a public educated enough to recognize the difference between a democracy and a republic and we have people screaming about their “right” to vote on every little issue.

Gimme a Break

March 16th, 2011
4:10 pm

For some reason, it seems those against allowing local votes on Sunday sales think we all are going to rush out on Sunday and buy beer and wine if it passes. It’s more about convenience, and if I do most of my grocery shopping on Sunday, I don’t want to make an extra trip.

Outside of metro Atlanta, the polls are against allowing localities to put it to a vote. With this Bill, they can choose to vote it down or not even bring it to a vote. On a recent weekend trip to Florida, I lost count of the number of billboards for 24/7 strip clubs and adult bookstores as I passed through south Georgia. Apparently, they don’t have a problem with that…

Dulcinea

March 16th, 2011
4:13 pm

At last, Georgia has the opportunity to join the 21st century! Let the people decide!

If you don’t drink or don’t approve of Sunday alcohol sales, that’s your choice, but you have no right to impose your choices or personal morality on others.

Chartres

March 16th, 2011
4:14 pm

Enter your comments here

Chartres

March 16th, 2011
4:17 pm

Gimme a Break: Not only do they not have a problem with the billboards, a majority are up for cutting down trees so we can see the strip club ads even better (http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2011/02/24/billboards-legislation-squeezes.html). And I agree – alcohol sales on Sunday doesn’t mean we’ll rush out on Sunday to buy more booze. I’m sure those who choose not to drink now won’t suddenly change their mind b/c it’s available Sunday.

cs

March 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

Dulcinea

March 16th, 2011
4:13 pm
At last, Georgia has the opportunity to join the 21st century! Let the people decide!

If you don’t drink or don’t approve of Sunday alcohol sales, that’s your choice, but you have no right to impose your choices or personal morality on others.

great!! lest vote on smoking pot and snorting coke etc etc etc………. you dont have to participate to give me the right to do what wherever i want to….freedom freedom freedom….

Michael

March 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

I cannot even imagine what it was like during prohibition. Can you believe alcohol was actually illegal? For 13 years!

freidenker

March 16th, 2011
4:24 pm

i, for one, will not celebrate until i’m in the booth casting my YES vote. this state’s politics are too screwed up to place any confidence in anything other than the final vote, mine. noticed my spineless -R senator ‘did not vote’. oh, the praying in church tonight!

yippity-do-dah

March 16th, 2011
4:27 pm

@ CN
@ Gimme a Break
@ Dulcinea
@ Chartres

You guys all make such good points!

Last Man Standing

March 16th, 2011
4:28 pm

td:

I must be missing something here! All the celebratory shouting here apparently is for what many hope will happen. The House has yet to vote on this bill, do they not? It would be catastrophic for the thirsty hordes should they reject this legislation, but it sure would make for some fun reading this blog!

artyc99

March 16th, 2011
4:29 pm

dump that guy Shafer from Duluth he is paid for by the liquor stores that do not want
to open on Sunday’s.

JSH

March 16th, 2011
4:29 pm

While I believe we should be allowed to buy on Sunday. I wish the Legislature would have allowed the people of Georgia to vote on the flag.

ant banks

March 16th, 2011
4:29 pm

the only effin’ reason that this law is on the books is because of religious zealots “observing the sabbath.” observe the sabbath in YOUR effin’ house, don’t MAKE me observe it with you.

also, you idiots who are concerned with legislating morality, EAT A FAT ONE!! you tried back in the 20’s and PROHIBITION was a failure.

Subversive Librarian

March 16th, 2011
4:31 pm

TotalT, I believe Senator Fort made the motion to table.

ant banks

March 16th, 2011
4:32 pm

@JSH,

you, too, sir/madam, are an effin’ idiot. vote on the flag for what? stars and bars represent a repressive time in georgia/american history. it’s like germans votin’ on the swastika. besides, why divide the state along racial line, which is what the flag vote would do, when AMERICA, is at war. you dumb fuc

hotdamm

March 16th, 2011
4:36 pm

well all the drunks and the jackasses that read these blogs got their wish. More drunk asses on Sunday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

mb

March 16th, 2011
4:37 pm

“I cannot even imagine what it was like during prohibition. Can you believe alcohol was actually illegal? For 13 years!”

Criminal enterprises sprung up and provided the illegal weed, oops I meant alcohol, to those who enjoyed it.

Mike

March 16th, 2011
4:37 pm

Sadly enough, our friends in South Georgia won’t hear about this till Jerry Luquire sends his “The Devil won today” e-mail.

You know, religion ain’t fun unless you’re scaring folks.

JSH

March 16th, 2011
4:38 pm

ant banks – You certainly write like a certifiable MORAN.

ant banks

March 16th, 2011
4:39 pm

@HOTDAMN,

please explain how there will be “MORE DRUNK AZZES ON THE ROAD ON SUNDAYS”

DW

March 16th, 2011
4:39 pm

HOTDAMM, you gotta problem with that?

ant banks

March 16th, 2011
4:40 pm

@JSH,

you are obviously from south georgia, YOU CAN’T EFFIN’ SPELL…did you mean M-O-R-O-N? lol.

Ghostrider

March 16th, 2011
4:40 pm

@ HOTDAMM

Yeahhhhhhhh Buddy…gonna drink like an effin fish….waht an idiot you are…

Katy Watts

March 16th, 2011
4:45 pm

Mr. Vote No, please get the hell out of my business. If you don’t want to drink that’s your matter. But don’t push your crap down everyone else’s throat!

ant banks

March 16th, 2011
4:45 pm

@JSH,

votin’ on the flag was one of governor sonny perdue’s first item of business…we have votin’ on the flag already. LOSER!!

DW

March 16th, 2011
4:53 pm

Fighting to have a confederate battle flag for your states flag is about as retarded as not allowing alcohol to be sold a sunday

ant banks

March 16th, 2011
4:57 pm

Retired Soldier

March 16th, 2011
4:57 pm

Senator Fort voted no. His lame excuse is alcohol is too readily available in his represented neighborhoods. What a crock. Alcohol is the LEAST of those neighborhood’s problems. And by the way Mr. Fort, you voted to deny your constituents the ability to vote on this issue. I hope you are proud of yourself, especially coming from your “civil rights” background. Pathetic.

JSH

March 16th, 2011
4:58 pm

Sorry about misspelling your nickname ant banks. It’s probably the first time in your miserable life, you have been right about something. And, for your information, I would have voted to change the flag.