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Cumming voters say yes to ‘brunch bill,’ earlier alcohol sales on Sundays
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How we got here: In May 2018, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 17, the so-called “brunch bill,” which amended the state law and gave voters in municipalities the ability to decide whether to move the time of alcohol sales on Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 11 a.m.

That November, Forsyth County voters approved the change for unincorporated parts of the county with 64.22 percent of the vote. The Cumming City Council didn’t put the bill to a referendum. At the time, Mayor Troy Brumbalow cited a lack of interest from city officials and time constraints that would have required the Council to call a special meeting for a vote on the matter.

But this past August, the Council voted unanimously to approve a referendum for Tuesday’s city election as well as a change to the local ordinance should voters be in favor.

How Cumming voted

Yes — 58.32% (277 votes)

No — 41.68% (198)

What it means:  Businesses inside the city limits of Cumming — like restaurants, hotels and motels —can now start selling alcohol at 11 a.m. on Sundays, except businesses where it can be purchased by the package, such as grocery stores or gas stations.