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Valdosta voters to decide on earlier alcohol sales

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Posted at 11:51 AM, Aug 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-27 11:57:02-04

VALDOSTA, Ga. (WTXL) — Voters in Valdosta will now have a chance to decide if Sunday alcohol sales in the city should start earlier.

The Valdosta City Council approved a resolution allowing voters to decide on the 'Brunch Bill' referendum on the Nov. 5 ballot.

Senate Bill 17, known as the "Brunch Bill," was signed into law May 8, 2018 and allows counties and municipalities with Sunday alcohol sales, like Valdosta, to allow Sunday sales beginning at 11 a.m. rather than 12:30 p.m.

If the referendum is approved, establishments who are eligible for Sunday sales will be able to serve alcohol from 11 a.m. to midnight on Sundays, provided they have purchased a Sunday sales license.

Businesses that are eligible for Sunday sales must get at least half of their total annual gross revenue from the sale of food, prepared meals or the rental of rooms for overnight lodging, according to the city's resolution.

If passed by voters, the new rule would go into effect on Sunday, November 24.