If you have ever gone to brunch on a Sunday morning and tried to order a drink, you know you cannot get one until 12:30 p.m.
State lawmakers have proposed a bill, however, that could soon change that.
"The culture of society has changed and I think the old 'blue laws' have to change with it," explained Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford, the bill's primary sponsor.
The "mimosa mandate" would give local governments the power to expand Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants to as early as 10:30 a.m. Unterman said that would fix "unfairness" in the state law, which currently allows state-owned entities like the Georgia World Congress Center to serve drinks beginning at 10:30 a.m.
According to the Georgia Restaurant Association, the bill would net restaurants an average of about $480 each Sunday, or $25,000 per year. If you multiply that by the estimated 4,000 restaurants across the state that could benefit, the total impact could be $100 million each year. That would add $11 million in new taxes to the state budget.
"We talk about it at this very high level, but I really want people to realize that there are real people that are affected by this," said Jennifer Johnson, who believes the bill would net servers an extra $20 to $30 in tips each Sunday.
The Johnsons believe the issue is not only about economics, but about hospitality.
"It's an awkward position when we have a cocktail menu, we have drinks that are available and we can't give it to them," explained Ben Johnson.