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County moves ahead with “brunch bill”
Brunch Sales
Forsyth County voters will likely decide this November whether to change the time for Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants to 11:30 a.m.

Forsyth County voters will have to make a decision about what to do for brunch later this year.

At a recent meeting, Forsyth County Commissioners voted 4-0 with District 1 Commissioner Pete Amos absent, to move ahead with a bill passed by the state legislature to move up the time that restaurant patrons can order alcoholic drinks on Sundays.

“Pursuant to state law, the earliest you can do that is 12:30 p.m. on a Sunday,” said County Attorney Ken Jarrard. “The so-called brunch bill would move that back to 11 a.m.”

In May, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 17, which amended the state law and gave voters in municipalities the ability to decide the times.

The bill passed the state House 97-64, with 10 not voting and nine excluded. In February, the bill passed the state Senate 38-18.

The bill can only be put into referendums in areas that allow alcohol sales by the drink on Sundays and does not apply to alcohol purchased by the package in stores.

The Forsyth County Elections Board will decide on Monday whether to put the bill on the ballot.