The Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) was instrumental in the passage of SB 17, also known as the Brunch Bill. After more than four years of working on this initiative with Georgia lawmakers, the bill passed out of the Senate on February 13, 2018 and passed out of the House on March 12, 2018.
Communities in Georgia can now choose if they would like to roll back Sunday on-premise consumption sales hours from 12:30PM to 11:00AM.
Any municipality that already has Sunday sales will need to have a ballot referendum to make the change, however, any community that does not have Sunday sales will be required to have two ballot referendums: 1) to vote 'Yes' or 'No' to implementing Sunday sales, and 2) to decide if their local time will be 11:00AM or remain at 12:30PM.
FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF WITH THE BALLOT REFERENDUM LANGUAGE
"Shall the governing authority of [your municipality] be authorized to permit and regulate Sunday sales of distilled spirits or alcoholic beverages for beverage purposes by the drink from 11:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M.?"
YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE
Spread awareness about voting YES on the Brunch Bill in November by adding content to your social media channels or newsletters. Use the hashtag #GABrunchBill. Use this site to register to vote, check your registration status, make changes to your registration record or apply for an absentee ballot.
The GRA has created a toolkit for you to utilize in encouraging your patrons to vote YES. The toolkit contains social media sample posts, newsletter sample posts, graphics and more. Click to open the Brunch Bill Communications Toolkit.
Earlier Sunday Sales Referendum ('Brunch Bill') has PASSED in the Following Municipalities
**The effective date for 11:00AM Sunday alcohol sales in restaurants is determined by the local municipality.**