Cagle Won’t Stand In Way of Statewide Vote On Sunday Alcohol Sales

Tue, May 20 2008

There is an exchange program of sorts that takes place on either side of the Chattahoochee River at Columbus.

On the Georgia side, Alabama residents come across the bridge to buy Georgia lottery tickets, while Georgians go on Sunday to buy package beer and wine at the Piggly Wiggly in Phenix City, Ala.

Jim Tudor would like to see one part of that exchange, the Georgians buying beer in Alabama, come to an end.

“It’s directly across the river,” said Tudor, president of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores. The association and other retailers have advocated a change in Georgia law to allow communities to decide on Sunday package alcohol sales.

The idea gained some momentum in the Georgia House, but got nowhere in the Senate. Proponents considered Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle as a force of resistance on the bill.