RALLY TO SUPPORT SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES

The “Battle for the Bottle” continues at the Gold Dome on Wednesday as Georgians for Sunday Sales holds a press conference and rally to urge passage of a bill to allow local communities to decide whether retailers should sell alcohol on Sunday.

The grassroots, bipartisan group’s rally will begin at noon on the steps on the Washington Street side of the state Capitol. The public is invited to participate.

Two bills to allow local communities to vote on Sunday alcohol sales are currently pending in the Georgia Legislature, Senate Bill 10 and House Bill 69.  Both measures are currently held up in committee.

According to a press release from State Rep. Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D-Decatur), “Georgia is one of only three states in the country that does not provide some option for the off-premise sale of beer, wine, or liquor on Sunday. Because Georgia is the only state in the Southeast with a total ban on Sunday sales, we are at a distinct economic disadvantage.  For many Georgians, the current law defies common sense.”

Zak Koffler, one of the organizers of the rally, is quoted in the release as saying “The state allows us to drive to a restaurant on Sunday to buy alcohol, but the state won’t let us go to the corner store to buy beer to drink in the safety of our own home.”

State Rep. Benfield says Sunday is the busiest shopping day of the week in many areas of Georgia and it’s the best day for her to pick up adult beverages at the grocery store.

“As a busy mom, Sundays are the best days for me to do my family’s grocery shopping since our Saturdays are filled with soccer games, birthday parties, and other family activities. Yet, I have to make a separate trip to buy a bottle of wine,” she says. SR