Taylor introduces draft beer, Sunday alcohol sales bills

Published 9:41am Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tuesday afternoon Sen. Bryan Taylor (R-Prattville) introduced two local bills calling for draft beer sales and Sunday alcohol sales at local restaurants, pubs and hotels within the Wetumpka and Millbrook city limits.

The draft beer bill would only need the approval of the Legislature to allow for the sales of draft beer.

A similar bill was introduced by Taylor last year, but they died in the House.

Taylor originally drafted a Sunday alcohol sales bill for both cities calling for a referendum should the Legislature pass the bill.

Taylor said Tuesday he is amending the bill to let the referendum be held as a special election or with the next municipal election, which would be 2016.

“There’s no reason not to pass these bills to help attract new restaurants to our community,” Taylor said.

The problem is that on the House side of the Legislature Rep. Paul Beckman (R-Prattville) is introducing similar bills, but they are lumped together and do not call for a referendum for Sunday alcohol sales.

Taylor has been adamant about a local referendum regarding Sunday alcohol sales.

“People on both sides have strong feelings on the Sunday sales issue, so it should be decided by the people, not dictated by a handful of Montgomery legislators,” Taylor said. “That’s democracy, and that’s the right way to do this.”

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