Put Sunday Sales on the Ballot

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When prohibition fell in 1933, Georgia was one of only a handful of states that continued to ban sales of alcohol on Sunday. In April 2011 the Georgia Legislature passed a bill to allow counties to vote on Sunday sales. Seven months later over 100 counties voted to pass Sunday alcohol sales.

Union County voters resoundingly approved alcohol sales in July 2010; however, Sunday sales were still banned. As a result of the passage of the bill by the Legislature in April 2011, it is now up to the county government (Commissioner and Board of Elections) to place the issue on the ballot for the voters to decide.

To add to the woes of Union County licensed alcohol businesses, with the passage of Sunday sales in Fannin County in May 2014, they are now competing with neighboring counties in every direction for Sunday business.

Consumer demographics clearly have changed since 1933. Sunday has become the second-busiest retail shopping day of the week. As consumers spend Sundays traveling, shopping for groceries, and eating and drinking at restaurants, Union County’s beer, wine, and spirits merchants have no choice but to turn customers away at the door.

Most voters also don’t know that the Union County Alcohol Board adopted an amendment to the local Alcohol Ordinance in 2014 that specifically disallows a licensed business from allowing BYOB on Sunday. This puts businesses at an even greater disadvantage, not to mention assigns them the role of “cop” with their customers/guests.

When elected, Governor Nathan Deal said there should be a “chief focus on improving Georgia’s economic competitiveness.” To that end, he said, Georgians must “ensure that Georgia has all of the ingredients necessary to attract, support and grow business.”

It’s time for Union County to ensure their county has the ingredients necessary to attract, support, and grow business and their economy. Let the voters decide. If you qualify, and agree with this statement, please sign our petition:

I am a Union County resident who is registered to vote, an adult over the age of 21, and would like the option of having alcoholic beverages available with my meal in restaurants and the availability of beer and wine by the package after 12:30 pm on Sunday.

IMPORTANT NOTE: IF YOU ARE NOT A UNION COUNTY RESIDENT OR REGISTERED TO VOTE IN UNION COUNTY, BUT WISH TO SUPPORT THIS PETITION, PLEASE SIGN THE NON-RESIDENT PETITION LOCATED ON CHANGE.ORG - CLICK THIS LINK TO GO THERE ------>>>Non-Resident petition



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