Sunday Alcohol Sales

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State lawmakers are considering legislation that would let leaders in ten mid-sized cities regulate alcohol sales on Sunday, a practice banned in most of Alabama.

Identical bills have been introduced in the House and Senate to allow governing bodies in the cities to set the hours for Sunday sales.

Under the bill, a city council could vote to add Sunday sales or call for a referendum. The bill also would allow a referendum if 10-percent of voters petition for one.

The bill, sponsored by Tuscaloosa Senator Charles Steele, would affect Gadsden, Tuscaloosa, Anniston, Bessemer, Decatur, Dothan, Florence, Phenix City, Prichard and Selma. Of those, Bessemer, Phenix City and Prichard already have Sunday sales.

But the legislation faces opposition. Senator Bobby Denton of Muscle Shoals said he doesn't agree with Sunday alcohol sales but might go along if the bill allowed for sales only inside hotels or at conventions and gave smaller cities the same rights as larger ones.

Alabama's largest cities, Birmingham, Mobile, Montgomery, and Huntsville, already allow alcohol sales on Sunday.