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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Sunday alcohol sales could soon end up on your local election ballot.

Legislation was introduced Monday in the Georgia Senate. If passed, Senate Bill 10 would allow county and municipalities to vote on whether or not grocery stores and convenience stores can sell beer or wine on Sundays.

Former Governor Sonny Perdue vowed to veto any Sunday package bill, but current Governor Nathan Deal backs the measure.   

While the bill will be met with opposition, store owners like Mike Shah, who runs R&M Groceries on West Highland Avenue, say it will benefit store owners and the overall economy.

He said, "From a business owner's standpoint, it's really nice. Not only do we make money, but the government will too." 

District 12 State Senator Freddie Powell Sims is a co-sponsor of SB10. She says Sunday sales would ultimately bring millions of dollars of tax revenue into the cash strapped state.

Georgia is one of only three states that doesn't allow Sunday package sales. Indiana and Connecticut are the others.

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