Georgia Liquor Laws

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Sunday alcohol sales to stadium crowds and limousine passengers would be allowed under a bill approved by the state Senate. But another that would allow grocery stores to sell booze on Sundays is still languishing.

The Senate voted 30-20 on Tuesday to allow public stadiums and auditoriums to sell beer on Sundays in counties that already permit Sunday sales in restaurants and bars. The measure is aimed at a new stadium being built in Gwinnett County to host a Triple-A Atlanta Braves farm team.

The second bill would allow limousine carriers to sell alcohol to their customers. It passed 40-11.

Some communities in Georgia already allow restaurants and bars to sell booze on Sundays. But Georgia is one of only three states that ban stores from selling any kind of alcohol on the Sabbath.


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  • by Yo! It's 2009 already! on Sep 5, 2009 at 05:59 PM
    Why are people still posting on this? This article was published in FEBRUARY of 2008!!! Get a life! I agree with the first comment regarding these dubious Sunday booze laws as a violation of the separation of church and state. I can clearly see that. In truth it does not matter what the policy is, if the law is motivated from a religious point of view, and it is applied to the general public, then the law is absolutely in violation of the American constitution, which stipulates quite clearly a SEPARATION of church and state. Great comment. Now if someone could point out the fact that during the Inquisition the christian church brutally tortured and murdered millions more innocent people than Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Idi Amin combined, then we might have a win for TRUE SOBRIETY in this country, if not at least within Georgia.
  • by Forty Location: Ounce on Jul 24, 2009 at 09:39 PM
    Reply to post below. Your a ****, Why dont you move to another state and advocate you law ideas there Posted by: Richard Location: North Georgia on Jul 11, 2008 at 09:24 PM If you don't like our laws in Georgia, there are 49 other states out there. Just because you can't buy it and take it home doesn't mean you can't go get drunk in some bar on Sunday ! Hey, ... we need the DUI monies !
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      by yellod on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:48 AM in reply to Forty
      Sound like something a cop would say.... You would rather have people go out to a bar and restaurant and drink. To get a DUI or even worse! If you don't want to drink don't buy the liqueur. You can sell the liqueur after 12pm on Sunday, that way people our out of Church. What do they drink at communion? It is safer for people to drink at home whenever they would like. You can not tell me that people going to Church don;t drink on Sunday or at all. Get with the times GA!! Look at the money it will make Ga just for the sell on liqueur on Sunday!
  • by Dana Location: South Ga on Jul 24, 2009 at 11:46 AM
    Just wondering if it is a state law or store policy reguarding liquor and/or beer having to be put in a bag after purchase, but before leaving store.
  • by Mike Location: canton on Jul 23, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    You know it is a free country so why do the religious right need to tell me what I can do. Actually I should be able to decide if I want to by a bottle of wine on sunday or not. I see Catholic Priests drink wine the blood of Christ, Hum its OK for Priests but not me????
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      by YELLOD on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:51 AM in reply to Mike
      So true......
  • by Richard Location: North Georgia on Jul 11, 2008 at 06:24 PM
    If you don't like our laws in Georgia, there are 49 other states out there. Just because you can't buy it and take it home doesn't mean you can't go get drunk in some bar on Sunday ! Hey, ... we need the DUI monies !
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      by yellod on Apr 25, 2011 at 06:50 AM in reply to Richard
      REALLY!!!!!!
  • by kenaniah Location: atlanta on Mar 30, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    When did the state have the right to determine which day if any I consider the sabbath? 2nd. Where in the bible does it state, thouh shall not drink alcohol on the sabbath? Drinking is a tool for celebration and I know no better day to do it then the day I did not work. The arguement for alcohol consumption is the same religiously and socially. Whether you drink and how much you drink should be measured by your actions after doing so. Alcohol only influences the behaviors and mentality arleady imprinted on your mind. We need to focus on the cause of misbehavior rather then misbehavior itself. What we do is not as important as why we did it. That is why an alcoholic can only stop of his own accord. I wish America would let up on the belt of life and allow us to define ourselves and our own standards. The single servant may sin but you should not punish the whole house for his crime.
  • by Stephany Location: Atlanta on Mar 3, 2008 at 12:35 PM
    Regarding loosening the liquor law: HOW DO PEOPLE THINK THIS IS NOT A VIOLATION OF CHURCH AND STATE STILL! I moved from Michigan to Georgia and was shocked when I was told at the check-out line at Kroger that I was not allowed to buy the bottle of wine I had in my cart. The only reason there are liquor laws in states like Georgia, Indiana, and Tennesee, is because religious leader/individuals believe they have a right to push their beliefs on everyone else. If any American wants to purchase alcohol on a Sunday, that should be their choice, any time, any day. If you don't believe in consuming or purchasing any alcohol on a Sunday, then don't buy it or drink it.
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