The Senator tells me that the Sunday sales bill was sent to subcommittee to correct errors, after the sponsor told the committee that the plain language of the bill did not match his intent. There were issues relating to wording of the ballot question and the authority of the local government to regulate the time of alcohol sales on Sunday. There were also questions about the absence of a nullification clause found in the liquor-by-the-drink referendum statutes.
According to Senator Shafer, “The request for a subcommittee to perfect the bill was made in open meeting by committee members of both parties. When I appointed the subcommittee, I announced that the bill will be brought back up at our next meeting once the errors have been corrected.”
“I know the AJC reported the decision differently, but occasionally they make mistakes, and that is as charitably as