The five council members voted unanimously on the measure at the council’s Monday night meeting. The general election is Nov. 8.
At least two cities in Cobb, including Kennesaw, have considered placing similar referendums on ballots this fall. Smyrna is likely to take up the matter at its May 16 City Council meeting on, said Eric Taylor, city administrator.
Cities that opt to place a referendum on the ballot have to specify when the law for Sunday sales would go into ef-fect, according to the Cobb County Board of Elections.
Councilwoman Cris Eaton-Welsh, council liaison to the city’s community development department, said putting the referendum on the ballot was the right thing to do. She predicts voters will pass it.
“We’re already having an election, so it wasn’t going to cost the taxpayers anything,” said Eaton-Welsh. “And I figured if the taxpayers want it, then we can let the taxpayers have it.”
One week ago, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 10, paving the way for communities to vote on allowing Sun-day alcohol sales. The legislation passed in the General Assembly on April 12 after five years of failed attempts. Connecticut and Indiana are now the only states that ban the sale of alcohol on Sunday.
“This is an important step for consumer convenience, market modernization and free enterprise,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy said in a statement last week. His organization has supported Sunday sales across the country.
“For years now, consumers and newspapers across the state have urged the repeal of this outdated Blue Law. We congratulate the state Legislature for its leadership in passing this bill, and Governor Deal for signing it into law.”