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Sunday alcohol bill stays corked for another year

MONTGOMERY — A bill enabling cities to call for a votes on allowing Sunday liquor sales was one of many that died on the final day of the state Legislatureís regular session Thursday.

A bill sponsored by Rep. Craig Ford, D-Gadsden, cleared the House but died in the Senate.

Unlike a 2005 local bill for Decatur, which set a specific time for a vote on Sunday sales, Fordís bill would have let local officials choose when to hold a local referendum on the issue. Language in Decaturís bill means a vote here probably will not happen before 2008.

Fordís bill would have given cities with populations from 12,000 to 99,000 the authority to call a referendum without coming back to Montgomery for permission, said Rick Dent, a spokesman for Partnership for Economic Progress, which backed the bill.

M.J. Ellington

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