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Flowery Branch will vote on ‘brunch bill’ in November
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Voters in Flowery Branch will get to decide in November whether restaurants in the city will be allowed to sell alcohol earlier on Sundays.

The Flowery Branch City Council voted unanimously Thursday to add a referendum to the ballot on Nov. 6. The “brunch bill,” or Senate Bill 17, was signed by Gov. Nathan Deal in May and gives cities and counties the option to allow restaurants to sell alcohol starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays, if local voters approve a referendum by popular vote.

The previous Georgia law only allowed alcohol sales after 12:30 p.m. for both restaurants and grocers. The “brunch bill” only applies to restaurants.

Ballots will read, “Shall the governing authority of Flowery Branch be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.?”

Hall County and some other cities are also considering adding a referendum to the ballot in November. The Braselton Town Council plans to vote July 9. The Gainesville City Council will address a resolution about a referendum on July 17, and Hall County commissioners will follow on July 26.