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New Year's Resolution for Legislators in 13 States Should be to Pass Sunday Alcohol Sales

For Immediate Release - 1/6/2012
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Consumers will celebrate

WASHINGTON, DC – State legislators should make a New Year’s resolution to pass Sunday alcohol sales in the 13 states that still continue to enforce archaic Blue Laws, stated the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS).

Even Georgia in the Deep South passed a local option Sunday sales bill in April 2011 and found that over 100 communities immediately voted for it – including an astounding 82-18 percent tally in Atlanta, the state’s largest city.

“Over eighty percent of Atlanta voters immediately chose to ditch their Sunday sales ban.  If that doesn’t define overwhelming consumer demand – I don’t know what does,” said DISCUS Vice President Ben Jenkins.  Georgia became the 15th state since 2002 to repeal its Sunday Blue Law. 

“Sunday sales are a great way for legislators to generate much-needed revenue without raising taxes or cutting programs,” Jenkins said, noting that states stand to gain millions in new revenue annually from statewide Sunday sales.  

Despite Prohibition ending in 1933, the following states continue to prohibit Sunday alcohol sales: Alabama, Connecticut, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.  Notably, Connecticut and Indiana are the only two states in the country that ban beer, wine and liquor sales on Sundays.  

Georgia Sunday Sales Elections

In Georgia, 105 localities voted to pass Sunday alcohol sales referenda in November 2011. This was the first time Georgia voters have had an opportunity to decide on Sunday alcohol sales for off-premise establishments such as liquor stores. Notable Sunday sales victories included:  Atlanta (82%-18%), Macon (62%-38%), and Savannah (60%-40%).  More localities already are lining up for the next round of local option elections in March, including Augusta and Athens. 

For more information on Blue Laws or Prohibition Repeal, please visit prohibitionrepeal.com.

 

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