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Georgia House to vote Monday on SB 318

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On Monday, theGeorgia House will take up Senate Bill 318 for floor debate and full vote.

Sen. Lester Jacksonsponsored SB 318 to allow for the sale of alcoholic  beverages for consumption on Sundays duringthe celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, GA and surrounding areas.

If passed, thebill would allow cities and counties that already allow the sale of alcoholicbeverages to adopt a resolution or ordinance allowing the sale of alcohol from12:30 p.m. until midnight on any Sunday on which St. Patrick's Day falls. 

Both GeorgiaHouse Rep. Ron Stephens and Sen. Lester Jackson sponsored similar bills in boththe House and Senate to ensure a bill got passed allowing bars that aren'tnormally open on Sunday to be able to be open on March 16, the third day of thefestival in Savannah and the day before St. Patrick's Day.

"As we preparefor over one million visitors in Savannah next weekend for our annual St.Patrick's Day Celebration, it is essential that my colleagues in the House passthis important piece of legislation," said Jackson in a statement. "This billsimply ensures that local citizens and visitors can celebrate this specialholiday on Sunday the same way they would on any other day of the week. I lookforward to its swift passage in the House of Representatives and Gov. Deal'ssignature to make SB 318 the law of the land." 

Jackson aims to accomplish three goals with themeasure: to increase local control as well as state revenue, to promote tourismboth in Savannah and throughout the state, and to allow any place of businessthat sells adult beverages the same opportunity for sales growth on St.Patrick's Day, according to a news release.

If passed by the House, SB 318 will then go to the governor'soffice for further consideration.

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