Alcohol bottles didn't exactly have a clear path to Sunday shelves in Powder Springs before receiving majority support from voters today.
In June, the City Council rejected sending the measure to voters, with Councilwoman Rosalyn Neal saying, "If they want to buy liquor, they can do it on Saturday."
But following November's elections, when many municipalities and counties across Georgia presented citizens with the option, the council brought the issue up again. It passed 4-1, with Councilwoman Nancy Hudson opposed.
"For me to be true to my religious and moral beliefs and after seeing what the effects and consequences of alcohol can do to an individual and families, I cannot with a good conscious give my vote to the Sunday sale of alcohol," she said immediately before the council vote in November.
The reason in the change of heart from June to November: "At the last election, we did have a lot of citizens that showed up to vote on this issue and wanted to know why we had not given them the choice," Mayor Pat Vaughn previously said.
In talking with alcohol vendors in the city, it appears the sales will help—or at least not hurt—convenience and grocery stores simply because the items are already on the shelves. All they have to do now is flip on the lights to the beer coolers and allow wine sales.
Liquor store owners, however, will now have to pay the expenses of being open an extra day, with several in neighboring communities saying the same amount of sales are now just spread out over seven days instead of six.
Gov. Nathan Deal’s inauguration last year removed a key barrier for Sunday sales—the opposition of predecessor Sonny Perdue—and the General Assembly passed S.B. 10 to let localities decide for themselves.
With today's public vote of 986 (62 percent) for and 605 (38 percent) against, package alcohol sales will be permitted between 12:30 and 11:30 p.m. on Sundays in Powder Springs. The new law will go into effect as soon as the Board of Elections & Registration certifies the vote totals.
Indiana and Connecticut are the only states left that still ban Sunday sales completely.