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Sunday alcohol sales could make November ballot in Albany

People in Albany are one step closer to voting on whether to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Commissioners tentatively voted today to put it on the ballot in November. But not all the commissioners think it's a good idea.

Four Commissioners votes for it, but commissioners Postell and Howard took a hard stand against rushing forward.

Soon you may have the choice whether your town sells alcohol on Sunday. Governor Nathan Deal recently signed a law that allows local voters to decide whether they want alcohol sales in their communities on Sunday. Today city commissioners took the first step in putting it before Albany voters.

Commissioner Bob Langstaff brought up the topic before commissioners at their work session Tuesday morning after hearing feedback from one of his constituents. "I just think the people have a right to decide," he said.

Today commissioners tentatively voted to approve a referendum that will allow voters to decide on the issue of Sunday alcohol sales. "Today we approved that it would start at 2pm on Sunday and run through 11:30pm at night," said Langstaff.

But commissioner Tommy Postell thinks commissioners are moving too fast. "The ink is not even dry from the governors signature yet, so citizens don't know a lot about this," he said.

He thinks the public needs to be fully educated on what they are going to be voting on before its put on the ballot. "I'm not voting for anything unless I understand what its about and I'm sure the public feels the same way,"he said.

Postell says he is in favor of letting the people make the decision, but it's not something that needs to be voted on in the next election. "We are going to vote again next year and the next year so no big rush for this particular process," he said.

The law takes effect July 1st.

Georgia is one of three states that do not allow stores to sell alcohol on Sunday. City commissioners will officially vote on it at the next meeting.

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