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GA House passes SB 318

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ATLANTA (WTOC) -

The Georgia House passed a bill allowing barsto open on Sunday before St. Patrick's Day. It will now to the governor forfinal sign-off.

Sen. Lester Jackson sponsored SB 318 to allowfor the sale of alcoholic beverages for consumption on Sundays during thecelebration of St. Patrick's Day in Savannah, GA and surrounding areas.

If the governor signs the measure into law,it 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 Georgia House Rep. Ron Stephens and Sen.Lester Jackson sponsored similar bills in both the House and Senate to ensure abill got passed allowing bars that aren't normally open on Sunday to be able tobe open on March 16, the third day of the festival in Savannah and the daybefore St. Patrick's Day.

The measure aims to accomplish three goals:to increase local control as well as state revenue, to promote tourism both inSavannah and throughout the state, and to allow any place of business thatsells adult beverages the same opportunity for sales growth on St. Patrick'sDay, according to a news release from Jackson's office.

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