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Hall voters will answer 2 questions on Sunday sales
Questions determine package, restaurant sales in unincorporated areas
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Ballot questions

  • Shall the governing authority of Hall County, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate package sales by retailers of both malt beverages and wine on Sundays between the hours of 12:30 PM and 11:30 PM?
  • Shall the governing authority of Hall County, Georgia be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink?

In addition to national politics, local issues are also at stake during this election.

Hall County voters will answer two questions about the sale of alcohol on Sundays in unincorporated parts of the county.

The first question will determine whether licensed stores can sell packaged beer and wine on Sundays; the second, whether restaurants and bars can sell liquor by the drink on Sundays.

Although all Hall County voters can weigh in on the issues, it will only affect stores and restaurants in unincorporated Hall County.

Gainesville, Flowery Branch and Oakwood voters already approved similar measures within their city limits in November.

The later date for the county's referendums on alcohol sales has put some businesses in unincorporated areas at a disadvantage.

Currently, there is an intersection on Winder Highway where a grocery store on one side of the street in Oakwood can now sell beer and wine on Sunday, but the grocery store across the street cannot since it's in an unincorporated area, said Hall County Commissioner Billy Powell.

"The whole idea is to try to give equal footing for businesses located in the county versus the cities," Powell said.

Originally, the Hall County Board of Commissioners was also considering adding the sale of packaged spirits, which is currently banned in unincorporated parts of the county. However, Powell said during the process of consideration it was discovered the county would have to get 35 percent of registered voters to sign a petition to get it on the ballot — a steep hurdle given the sizable population of the county.

A bill seeking to change that law will get a hearing in a state legislative committee this week.

 

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