House Approves Bill on Sunday Liquor Sales

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

A bill passed in the Alabama House Wednesday, clearing the way for cities to call for referendums on legalizing Sunday liquor sales.

The Alabama Legislature is deciding whether to allow cities to vote on whether to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays.

Business owners in Dothan say not being able to sell in Dothan is only pushing buyers to other areas where sales of alcohol are legal every day of the week.

Owner of Van's Package Store, Van Wilson said, "They go to Florida, Georgia and bootleggers, if they want to get it they will."

Some proponents for the bill say not allowing the sales is only taking away revenue from the city and is causing some business to look elsewhere.

Executive Director of the Dothan Convention and Visitors Center, Bob Hendrix said, "Some conventions would come but they may not bring their business because they can't have alcohol at the convention."

Hendrix is an advisor to the Al House of Representatives Toursim Committee and says he doesn't think its right for visitors to the area to be able to buy alcohol in several other cities in Alabama, but not in Dothan.

Ozark's Mayor Bob Bunting says he has no problem with Sunday sales if that's what his residents and the city council wants.

Dothan's Mayor Pat Thomas says the city council is taking no stand on the issue but if a local vote is called for the city council's views will mirror that of its constituents.

The bill still has to pass through the senate and be signed by the governor before the city council has the authority to call for a referendum.

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  • by Wayne Zell Location: Tuscaloosa on May 12, 2007 at 07:16 PM
    The premise against this measure is wrong. It has nothing to do with "getting enough the other 6 days of the week". I drink nothing Monday through Friday. Sometimes a glass of wine with dinner with my wife on Saturday. Would it be terrible to allow me to have a couple of beers with my friends while watching football or basketball or baseball on Sunday? And, yes, it would be after church. I think some folks have lost the concept of "seperationg of church and state".
  • by Carla Location: Enterprise on May 5, 2007 at 04:45 PM
    I don't really drink but I seriously hope this passes, then maybe we can get a lottery here. I'm tired of taking all my business to other states. I'd much rather keep my money here where we need it.
  • by Ricky Location: Enterprise on May 4, 2007 at 03:54 PM
    This isn't the only reformation of Alabama's archaic liquer laws that is in dire need of reform. Alabamaians are also denied access to more than 90 of the nations top 100 beers due to ABV or container limits. Thankfully there are organisations like and others that are fighting for fairness and freedom of choice!
  • by Susan Location: Ozark on May 4, 2007 at 01:41 PM
    Maybe us "Bible thumpers" will fight this but I think if you can't get all you think you need six days you must have a problem. I'am not a liquor and I Thank God I'm not.
  • by Lee Location: Dothan on May 4, 2007 at 11:52 AM
    Dont ya think that 6 days a week gives people enough time to buy alcohol if they want it?
  • by Russell Location: Ozark on May 4, 2007 at 04:25 AM
    It's way past time this happens. But I suspect the bible thumpers will be fighting this. Walmart would be more convenient, but...... just down the road is The Ft Rucker liqueur store, open - and busy - every Sunday.
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