Why Does Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver Hate Freedom?

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur) has introduced legislation to ban the sale of alcohol from 2:30AM to 9:00 AM whereever alcohol can be legally sold.

Why should we allow some ignorant, do nothing, nanny state loving state representative, who is also fixated with you not using you cell phone in your car, tell me that I can’t purchase alcohol between 2:30AM to 9AM?

Tell me, why should big state government, rather than cities and counties, determine when and how they want alcohol sold in their jurisdictions?

Notice that this would not just effect nightclubs. It would effect restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.

More Blue Laws,yes, that is the answer!


  1. ann says:

    No matter what you think about these two bills, MMO is anything but a “do nothing, nanny state loving state representative.” She’s a smart and excellent representative who almost certainly is representing a majority of her constituency on this issue. I might add that wanting to save lives isn’t “nanny state loving.”

  2. Chris says:

    Would the sale of alcohol between 2:30am and 9am be legal where alcohol can’t legally be sold?

    I agree with you Decatur – this is nothing more than using the police power of government to tell people what the can and can’t do.

  3. Decaturguy says:

    Oh, and you could probably justify just about any big government intrusion on the grounds that it might “save lives,” right?

  4. Tea Party says:

    The issue is whether or not discrepancies within the same Metro area should be allowed. I say, NO!

    These discrepancies provide an unfair trade advantage and the types of businesses that are capitalizing on these discrepancies prove they are not good neighbors. If DeKalb wants to be the late nite place to be, then DeKalb needs to consistantly enforce the law.

    The State has no business in this matter, if Helen GA wants to have a late nite district, that is a local decision.

  5. Rick Day says:

    tea party: IAWYC

    I imagine It sucks to work in a bar or restaurant until 3 AM then be wide awake, ready to knock a few back and nothing to do/no place to go.

    This is why illegal clubs thrive, selling booze all night.


    You leges thought that by passing laws you magically stop people from having fun?


    My little events center has a event person who in the past hosts an “industrial” night here at the Center.

    Although we do not sell, nor have we ever sold alcohol, the host’s patrons are free to bring their own. We will be glad to sell them a coke or bottled water. Or Red Bull.

    But we are different. We are GOOD people!

    As tea implies: can we have an even playing field, please?

  6. Rogue109 says:

    “I might add that wanting to save lives isn’t “nanny state loving.”

    No, Ann, it is. Evidently, Rep. Oliver thinks people are too stupid to have the responsibility of making a purchase of a legal item at certain times of day. It is much easier, of course, for enlightened people like Rep. Oliver to make sensible decisions for others.


  7. GodHatesTrash says:

    Redneck alcoholics need to be able get booze 24/7 – they can’t plan ahead.

    They are like animals, only dumber and more violent.

  8. tedsimmons says:

    I’m an MMO fan, but she’s losing me on this one. I say: let the market (and zoning laws and such) decide closing times. If bars stay open all night, or stagger their closing times based on their own preferences, then the “excitement” / danger of a uniform closing time stops being a problem.

  9. EAVDad says:

    This is in response to DeKalb County refusing to close bars earlier. This would force them to since they can’t sell alcohol past 2:30 p.m.: She’s circumventing the local commissioners.

    As for cell phones? Well, I’m not one for the Government regulating this kind of stuff, but it’s a good idea if Georgia requires “hands-free” mobile phone devices (earpieces, bluetooth, speaker phone, whatever) while driving.

  10. Doug Deal says:

    Next thing you know, the government is going to tell us what kind of light bulbs we can buy, how much water our toilets flush or what gas mileage our cars get.

  11. EAVDad says:

    Romega…that’s a good point. My biggest problem is that she’s circumventing the decision of the local board. They discussed it. They voted on it. They turned the idea down. If the residents don’t like it, they can get rid of the commissioners or move!

  12. LoyaltyIsMyHonor says:

    My biggest problem is that she’s circumventing the decision of the local board.

    Yeah…that’s never happened before.

  13. Romegaguy says:

    but if the bill will never get a hearing or vote, why get worked up about it? It would be like getting upset that a member of Congress hasnt passed any legislation when he hasnt gotten sworn in yet…

  14. jkga says:

    Decaturguy – FYI the bill wouldn’t affect grocery stores & liquot stores. Only places where alcohol can be served on the premises.

  15. juliobarrios says:

    We all know this is a pandering move on Oliver’s part. Her constituency is basically white, limousine-liberal types who don’t like the idea of black people getting drunk, carousing, and playing loud music late night in their Dekalb neighborhoods (although they may not admit it publicly). Vernon’s main constituency is black people from the south end of the county – which is why he vetoed the vote.

    Oliver is just trying to show her folks she cares about them by circumventing local control.

  16. liberator says:

    A person would have to be a true fascist to vote for such junk as this. Send Oliver to Afghanistan where she obviously belongs . What Anti-Liberty Nonsense. This bill should die in some committee. Death to this bill!

  17. Decaturguy says:

    You are right jkga … I misread it. I still oppose the bill though and think MMO is a panderer for sponsoring it.

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