ABOUT DAMN TIME: Brunch Bill Signed Into Law

Today, Governor Nathan Deal signed the “Bunch Bill”, Senate Bill 17, into law. The bill would allow restaurants to serve alcohol on Sunday mornings starting at 11 AM rather than the current 12:30. So can you start drinking this Sunday?

Well, not yet. There will need to be referendum which should be on the ballot in November.

Brunch is the cornerstone of millennial society, and we need those people out there ordering mimosas so we can tax them to pay for schools and roads and scooter infrastructure. For all of those asking, no, this does not really help those of us that are fans of the English Premier League, whose games often begin at 7:30, so we will still have to rely on Irish Coffee on the sly.

Press release after the jump.

 

ATLANTA (May 8, 2018) | Sen. Renee Unterman (R – Buford) is proud to announce that Senate Bill 17, also known as the “Brunch Bill,” was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, and is effective immediately.

“I want to thank Governor Nathan Deal for signing this important legislation into law and all of those who worked to shepherd SB 17 through the legislative process,” said Sen. Unterman. “It is an honor to sponsor a piece of legislation that places more decision making authority in the hands of the people by allowing them to ultimately decide, by voting during the referendum, to allow alcohol sales after 11 a.m. The goal of this legislation is to increase profits for small and large businesses throughout the state.”

Under current law, the sale of alcoholic beverages after 12:30 p.m. on Sundays is permitted. SB 17 will permit local governments to authorize by public referendum the sale of alcoholic beverages at certain establishments after 11 a.m. on Sundays. If authorized, venues such as wineries, hotels and restaurants having gross revenue made up of at least 50 percent food sales would be allowed to do so.

This legislation now enables the election superintendent of counties and municipalities to issue a call for the purpose of answering the referendum question between 30 and 60 days after an ordinance is passed proposing to extend the hours.

For the full text of SB 17 please follow the link below:

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/SB/17

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Ellynn
Ellynn

This also makes the upper Midwest transplants happy that they can now have their post mass Bloody Mary with a beer chaser.

Indypendant
Indypendant

I’m voting against the brunch bill and encouraging others to do the same.

chefdavid
chefdavid

If churches would use real wine for communion like in the old days you would need a brunch bill. We can just go up 15 minutes away to Chattanooga and brunch when we want up here. Cheers Cin CIn

Ellynn
Ellynn

Catholic churches have to use wine. The making, type of fomenting, even the type and aging of the wine are part of the dogma of transubstantiation. Priests who are recovering alcoholic need permission to either forgo drinking from a chalice or having a secondary cup of approved grape juice types on hand while preforming Mass.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Always befuddled by the hypocrisy of people fear mongering over Sharia law while trying to keep a ban on Sunday drinking “cause that’s Jesus’s day.”

Benevolus
Benevolus

Hypocrisy is rampant these days. I am working on a list, but not much time to at the moment.
“Drain the swamp”
Evangelicals
NRA is not about gun safety.
Keeping our promises requires breaking our promises.

So many have abandoned any pretense of principles for the only principle that seems to matter- election victories.
My theory is that many see the writing on the wall- the world is changing- and this is a last gasp type of thing to resist that change.
(No time to elaborate more fully.)

Noway2016
Noway2016

Embracing the whole Sharia concept now are you, Sniv?

bethebalance
bethebalance

I sense you’re short on facts about Sharia, but what you’re actually concerned about is the establishment of a Muslim theocracy. But not theocracy generally, I’m guessing, bc you fully supported Roy Moore’s and others’ establishment of 10 Commandments statues on public grounds. Which is a theocratic move. I can’t explain it all, but long story short, there is no threat that American law will be in any way supplanted by Sharia law. Calls against Sharia law are just used as a scare tactic to drum up hatred for Muslims, and unite those haters in a falsehood, all to solidify… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Maybe because I love me my weekend drinks, but when the Sunday Sales bill passed a few years back, I felt relieved from a certain amount of religious discrimination.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Candidate of Lt Gov Shafer voted No. He fancies himself an advocate of transparency, but played an important behind the scenes role in delaying for years Sunday sales in Georgia.