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Gov. Deal signs Sunday alcohol sales bill into law

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 318 into law at 2 p.m.Thursday, allowing bars within Savannah city limits to serve alcohol on Sunday,March 16 between 12:30 p.m. and midnight.

The State's amendment to Code Section 3-3-7 of the OfficialCode of Georgia Annotated only applies to Sundays that fall within the statedefined St. Patrick's Day holiday period, which runs from March 16-18 everyyear.

State law previously prohibited Sunday sales of alcohol inbars across the state. However, restaurants, which are defined as businessesthat derive more than half of their sales from food sales, can sell alcohol onSundays with valid applicable alcohol licenses.

The Savannah City Council too necessary action by passing aSt. Patrick's Day Festival resolution on Feb. 6, which included language topermit bars within city limits to operate during the 2014 festival, March14-17, subject to compliance with state law.

TheCity Revenue Dept. and Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police will be workingwith bar owners to encourage compliance with the midnight alcohol salescut-off. Staff from both agencies will be in the field Sunday to visit openbars and remind owners of their obligation to stop serving at midnight.

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