A bill introduced this week in the Georgia Senate would give Georgia cities and counties the authority to allow liquor, beer and wine sales on Sundays. There were mixed reactions to the bill in the VSU community.
Supporters of Sunday liquor sales feel the bill has a good chance of passing the Georgia legislature now that Gov. Nathan Deal has taken office. The previous governor, Sonny Perdue, was an opponent of the initiative.
At VSU, some people feel that, if passed, the bill would have little impact.
“I don’t personally think it will affect students’ drinking habits,” said Cpo. Matt Rudisail of the VSU Police Department. “The number of alcohol-related crimes on campus will not change in my eyes because a spike in sales probably won’t happen.”
Some students feel the same way.
“If people are going to drink, they’re going to find a way to drink regardless,” said Kiara Burke, a sophomore early childhood education major.
Burke believes the law could also lead to more police activity.
“Cops are already bad when it comes to patrolling on the weekends, but it may get worse on Sunday,” she said.
Some students believe Sunday sales will bring more business to Valdosta liquor stores, but will also take away from local bars.
“I believe alcohol sales will go up dramatically,” said Justin Whitfield, a junior business management major. “Bars are going to see a lot less people because it would be more cost effective to drink at home.”
Different organizations throughout the state are strongly opposed to the bill.
Jerry Luquire, president of the Georgia Christian Coalition, voiced his frustration to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution earlier this week.
“We should have one day when people don’t have to buy alcoholic products,” Luquire said.
Others think that it is a bad idea altogether, for personal reasons.
“I think it sucks,” said Chris, a local attendant at Five Points Liquor who did not provide his last name. “I don’t want to work on Sundays.”