The Georgia Senate passed Senate Bill 318 with a vote of 32-18, the bill authorizing the sale of adult beverages for consumption on Sundays during the celebration of St. Patrick's Day in Savannah and surrounding areas.
"Each year over 1 million visitors come to Savannah to experience our incredible St. Patrick's Day celebration," said Sen. Lester Jackson in a statement. "This bill simply ensures that local citizens and visitors can celebrate this special holiday on Sunday the same way they would on any other day of the week. Furthermore, small businesses would reap the economic benefits from increased sales on this coastal region holiday."
Jackson wrote SB 318 to increase local control as well as state revenue, promote tourism in Savannah and throughout the state and to allow any place of business that sells adult beverages the same opportunity for sales growth on St. Patrick's Day.
If passed, the bill would allow citites and counties that already allow alcohol sales on Sunday to adopt a resolution or ordinance, allowing the sale of alcohol from 12:30 p.m. until midnight on any Sunday on which St. Patrick's Day falls.
SB 318 now moves on to the Georgia House of Representatives for further consideration.
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