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Bill would allow 11 a.m. alcohol sales in Ga. restaurants, hotels

Bartender Sid Hinson says people always ask for alcohol before 12:30 p.m. forgetting about the law. He says Parrish is missing out on business, especially with the brunch crowd/Danielle Apolinar (WGXA)

MACON, Ga. -- Senate Bill 17 will go through Georgia General Assembly this legislative session. It would allow alcohol sales for restaurants and hotels to begin at 11 a.m. (currently it's 12:30 p.m.).

But there are quite a few steps it would have to go through before becoming a reality.

If it does pass in the Senate and House, then it would be up to the county to put it on the ballot. Then, the citizens would get to vote on the bill.

Sid Hinson, bartender at Parish on Cherry in Downtown Macon, said he wants the law to pass. He believes the law is outdated and it’s time to be progressive.

Hinson said people who come into his restaurant for brunch often ask for alcohol before 12:30 p.m. not knowing about the law. However, he has to say no, which hinders business opportunities.

Kay Putnal, a Macon resident, doesn’t think the bill should pass. She believes people should just wait until 12:30 p.m. -- and if they can’t, there might be a problem.

WGXA polled our viewers on Facebook, with a large majority wanting to see the bill passed:


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