Last week, Governor Deal signed into law legislation that allows city councils and county commissions around Georgia to call for referendums where voters will decide whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales in their city or county. If you've been paying attention just a little bit, you probably already knew that much, right?
The question on the mind of many a Georgian who has cabernet or pale ale on the brain seven days a week is when will Sunday sales come to MY city? The answer is soon if you live in metro Atlanta, but how soon depends on where exactly you live.
First the bad news: those of us living in Atlanta will have a longer wait than some. Since the Atlanta City Council is not likely to authorize a special election for this single issue, the first crack Atlanta will have at voting on Sunday sales - provided the City Council puts it on the ballot - won't come until 2012. However, some suburbanites will likely be buying on Sundays before the end of 2011.
Loganville has already put the issue on their fall ballot, and Smyrna, Kennesaw, Dunwoody (home of both a Costco and Total Wine) and Cherokee County are all considering putting Sunday sales on their fall ballots. In other words, for the next few years there will probably be quite a bit of confusion about whether Sunday sales are permitted as you drive around metro Atlanta.
Regardless of whether it takes six months or two years for the issue to hit the ballot, putting Sunday sales to voters is a long overdue step in the right direction. Soon enough those of us in metro Atlanta, as well as people in scattered cities and counties around the rest of Georgia, will be able to buy what we want, when we want. As long as you're 21, that is.
Thanks to ajc.com and cbsatlanta.com