Gadsden Sunday Alcohol Sales

Friday, February 21, 2014

A proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales in Gadsden is one step closer to a vote by the residents. Representative Craig Ford of Gadsden introduced House Bill 522 to the legislature today. He is now asking other local House members to sign it out of committee next week in order to get it to the House floor for a vote. In the past, the bill was met with some resistance from other members of the Etowah County delegation. However, Senator Phil Williams and Representatives Mack Butler and Becky Nordgren now say they will allow it to move forward for a vote. If it passes the House and the Senate, it will be up to the Gadsden City Council to call for a citywide referendum and then put it on the ballot during this year's municipal elections. If Gadsden residents approve the measure, it will go to Governor Bentley for his signature. An economic impact study by Jacksonville State University shows the Sunday alcohol sales would have a $12.6 million economic impact for the city. It also projects more than $400,000 in new tax revenue for the city as well as the creation of 420 new jobs.

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