Unterman said she introduced the bill because she didn’t believe it was fair for state-run properties, such as the Georgia World Congress Center, to be allowed to sell alcohol early on Sundays while private businesses had to wait until 12:30 p.m.
“To me, it was an issue of fairness,” she said. “It was not fair for the state to be held to a different standard than the cities and the counties.”
If voters approve the change, each government will decide when they want it to go into effect.
For example, the Atlanta City Council voted in August that the change would take place immediately if voters approve the earlier time — meaning restaurants could offer mimosas and bloody marys beginning at 11 a.m. as soon as Sunday.
Gov. Sonny Perdue and the Senate killed several attempts to pass bills allowing alcohol sales at stores on Sunday. Legislation allowing such sales finally passed in 2011, during Deal's first year in office.
METRO ATLANTA ‘BRUNCH BILL’ VOTING
These metro-area local governments are holding referendums to decide whether to allow Sunday sales of alcohol at restaurants at 11 a.m.:
Source: Secretary of State’s Office