I’ve heard this afternoon that the governor most likely signaled his opposition to the Sunday sales law at the encouragement of some legislators who want it dead. From what I’m hearing from some credible folks in the General Assembly is that some legislators felt the issue is an awkward one and didn’t want to vote for the legislation, but didn’t want to be seen voting against it either. So, it was suggested to the governor that if he went on and signaled his opposition, it would make it easier for those wavering Republicans to get out of having to vote on the issue.
Harp and some of the bill’s co-sponsors say Perdue’s opposition is a bump in the road to passage, but nothing more than that at this point. They said they will work to build a consensus to pass the bill and then worry about the governor.
“My support is not predicated on the governor’s support,” said Sen. David Adelman (D-Decatur), one of the co-sponsors.
Most Georgians, Adelman said, see Blue laws prohibiting Sunday sales as “a vestige of a time gone by. I would hope Gov. Perdue’s Libertarian streak would surface.”
Another co-sponsor, Sen. John Bulloch (R-Ochlocknee), said, “I feel like any time we can give citizens the opportunity to make a decision, that’s good policy.”
However, Sen. Jeff Mullis (R-Chickamauga), a co-sponsor, said the bill is likely dead because of Perdue’s opposition. Perdue’s Republican Party controls both chambers of the General Assembly, and the Legislature has largely followed the governor’s lead on bills.