Sandy Springs sets ‘Brunch Bill’ vote to extend Sunday alcohol sales

From: Atlanta Journal Constitution

At its Tuesday meeting, the City Council unanimously voted to place a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot, which will allow citizens to decide if Sandy Springs will have earlier alcohol sales on Sunday.

This comes after Georgia passed Senate Bill 17, also known as the “Brunch Bill,” which allows municipalities to vote on the time in which they can serve alcohol on Sundays.

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From: Reporter Newspaper

State Rep. Meagan Hanson (R-Brookhaven) said she will file a hate crimes bill in the General Assembly Jan. 3, noting Georgia is one of only five states in the country without such a law.

The proposed law would add enhanced punishments for crimes committed against protected classes of people based on race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental disability and physical disability, Hanson said. Those are the same classes protected under the federal hate crimes law passed in 2010, she said. The final bill is still being tweaked, she said, and complete details are not yet available.

“I believe both sides of the aisle find this to be a partisan issue,” she said. “To me, it’s good policy and should be non-partisan. It saddens me a little bit that this is a partisan issue.” She said state Rep. Wendell Willard (R-Sandy Springs) has said he will sign on to her bill.

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“DeKalb County puts ‘Brunch Bill’ on the ballot”

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

UPDATE: The DeKalb County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the “Brunch Bill” referendum on Tuesday.

DeKalb County is expected to join the list of Georgia locales where residents will get a chance to approve earlier Sunday alcohol sales.

In May, Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law the “Brunch Bill” that allows voters to decide if adult beverages can be sold in their county or municipality at 11 a.m. on Sunday instead of 12:30 p.m. But governing agencies face a deadline to approve the referendum in time for it to go on the ballot this fall.

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From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

“Hanson, showing impressive investigative skills, was able to trace the mail piece to a particular print house and from there to a bulk mail firm. She personally confronted employees at both places and ultimately was told that a woman named “Sally Carter” paid cash to have it delivered and was given a telephone number for said contact.”

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