After a fast start and little initial opposition, the issue of Sunday liquor sales is dead for this year’s Georgia legislative session.
Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers said Thursday the Republican caucus decided that there was just not the support to move forward.
After breezing through committees with no opposition from conservatives or liquor sales groups, the proposal seemed headed for passage in the Legislature after years of stonewalling by former Gov. Sonny Perdue.
Lawmakers touted the issue — which would offer municipalities the option of putting the question to voters — as one of local control, not morality.
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But after saying they preferred to fight the issue locally, some opposition groups came back to the Gold Dome, pressuring lawmakers to kill the bill before it hits Georgia communities.
Jerry Luquire, president of the Christian Coalition of Georgia, told the Ledger-Enquirer on Thursday he's happy about the news but he'll wait until the 40th and final day of the session to breathe.
"I'm not resting until the 42nd day," he said.