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McDONOUGH – For the second time, the McDonough City Council voted to put the so-called “brunch bill” on the ballot in November.

With the approval from the City Council, made at Monday’s meeting, voters will have the opportunity to decide if they want restaurants in the McDonough city limits to be able to sell alcohol by the glass starting at 11 a.m. on Sundays, rather than 12:30 p.m.

The McDonough City Council unanimously approved the measure, which was part of a lengthy list of “consent agenda” items. The measure was the source of no discussion at the Monday meeting.

Last year, the Georgia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 17, commonly known as the “brunch bill,” which allows local governments to allow licensed establishments that derive at least 50 percent of total annual gross sales from the sale of prepared meals or food to sell alcohol by the glass earlier on Sunday mornings.

Earlier this year, the McDonough City Council voted in favor of the referendum, but due to language in the bill, the measure was made too early to put it on the November ballot.

The language of the bill states that between 10 and 60 days after a local government approves a resolution allowing a vote to take place, an election superintendent must call an election for the “brunch bill,” which would then take place between 30 and 60 days after it is called.

Since the bill was passed and signed last year, a number of cities and counties have passed the “brunch bill.”

Some of those municipalities and counties include DeKalb, Spalding, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Senoia, College Park, Union City, South Fulton and Conyers, according to the Georgia Restaurant Association.

In addition, the county and the other cities have indicated their support for the “brunch bill” referendum, which will be on the ballot alongside the SPLOST referendum in the county, and alongside the city council races in the four cities.

Government Reporter

A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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