Karen Bremer of the Georgia Restaurant Association spoke in favor of the referendum during the public comment portion of the meeting.
“The legislation originated out of creating a level playing field for private business versus government buildings,” which are allowed to set their own serving time, she said. “This is why The Battery cannot start serving till 12:30.”
She said expanding serving hours would bring in more sales tax and boost county revenue.
The next step entails the county working with each of Cobb’s six cities and local board of elections to get the referendum on the ballot, according to county spokesman Ross Cavitt.