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‘Brunch bill’ gets first reading at Thursday’s commissioners meeting

On Thursday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners will be holding the first reading and public hearing for a new alcohol ordinance allowing for earlier sales at restaurants on Sundays. The change would reflect voters’ Nov. 6 decision on a state law allowing that change on the local level.

Restaurants would be allowed to sell alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays, a shift from current law that only allows sales to start at 12:30 p.m. A state law passed in 2018, often called the “brunch bill,” lets counties and municipalities put a referendum on the ballot and let voters decide whether earlier sales should be permitted.

In November, 63 percent of voters in Hall supported the measure. If commissioners approve the change when they cast the final vote Jan. 24, earlier sales would start on Feb. 3. That date is also when the change would go into effect in Oakwood and Flowery Branch, as well as Gainesville, if the Gainesville City Council approves the city’s ordinance Tuesday.

Hall County Board of Commissioners

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

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