Drunk on Sunday?

For the past two years state legislators attempted to get Sunday liquor sales approved for Georgia. Georgia is one of three states that do not allow Sunday sales, Connecticut and Indiana are the others. Each year the bill has gained momentum and this year is no different.

The state legislature convened this week for their 2009 session. Already the bill to approve Sunday sales has been filed in the Senate with the House to soon follow. The main opponent is Governor Sonny Perdue. He doesn’t drink, he’s proud of that and he will veto the bill.

According to the AJC there is more support for the bill than ever. Lt. Governor Casey Cagle says, “He will not stand in the way,” of the bill. Last year Cagle helped stall the bill in the Senate.

As long as Perdue is governor this bill will not pass. Conventional wisdom is that there is not a 2/3 majority that is needed in both houses to overturn Perdue’s veto. With the state facing a $2 billion budget gap, you’d think they’d be looking wherever possible to find money. Granted having liquor sold on Sunday may prove to a negligible increase in revenue. However, the fact that grown adults cannot go to the store and buy liquor on Sunday seems downright comical. As one friend pointed out, you can drive to a bar or restaurant, drink and then drive home; but you can’t go the store, drive home sober and drink at your home.

The legislation, if passed, leaves it up to voters to decide if they want Sunday liquor sales. The added the revenue alone make the choice an easy one. I think we’ve all grown up enough to have a little sauce on Sunday if we want.

6 Comments so far

  1. Seth (mostlymuppet) on January 15th, 2009 @ 11:29 am

    As one lawmaker brilliantly pointed out, not allowing sales on Sunday taught people – especially young college students – the benefits of planning ahead.

    I don’t buy it for a minute.

    I’d much rather be allowed to imbibe at home after a Sunday purchase than drive after drinking with a meal.


  2. vbowker on January 15th, 2009 @ 11:34 am

    Tennessee doesn’t allow liquor or wine sales on Sunday.


  3. abby on January 15th, 2009 @ 4:11 pm

    Thanks for bringing this up – I just wrote my comment and realized that I have a lot to say about this :) First, a lot of our neighboring states have some sort of restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales – beer-only is a popular one. Either way, the argument boils down to the fact that there is absolutely no reasonable argument against fully opening Sunday alcohol sales. Limiting alcohol restrictions to the seventh day of the week (while keeping them open for the other six) is legislation by religion, no two ways about it.

    A side note – interestingly enough, the liquor STORE lobby supports the Sunday Sales Ban – as it is, people go to the grocery store on Sundays, and if they can get their beer and wine while they’re there, they won’t go to the liquor store for it.

    Jam and Seth bring up one of my two favorite absurd arguments – the "I’m allowed to drink in a bar but not at home" rule. The other is the "no drinking in a restaurant before 12:30 pm, because you shouldn’t be drinking; you should be in church" rule.

    Yes, I’m an eensy little bit bitter. We are trying to grow into this great status as a world-class, competitive, international, business-oriented place … yet we (a) don’t allow our adult citizens to make the decision to purchase or not purchase alcohol themselves and (b) cut off an additional revenue source because it’s the lord’s day of rest … ??


  4. georgepburdell on January 16th, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    abby is a lush who will burn in the fiery pits of hell with all you other drunks! ;)


  5. james hervey (jeherv) on January 16th, 2009 @ 10:45 am

    abby hit the nail on the head. this is all about the liquor store lobby. the religious conservatives are just pawns they use to drum up some level of rural, popular support for this insane ban.

    and this is coming from a christian that doesn’t even drink.


  6. abby on January 16th, 2009 @ 11:26 am

    I join GPBurdell in only wishing I had the time and trust fund to be a lush…



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