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Taylor’s bill ‘not what we asked for’

Published 1:09pm Monday, March 17, 2014

With two weeks left in the state legislative session, local officials are getting anxious over the bills which have been introduced in the House and the Senate.

Two of the bills awaiting a committee hearing on the Senate side of the Legislature are the draft beer sales bill and the Sunday sales bill drafted by Sen. Bryan Taylor (R-Prattville).

Taylor’s draft beer bill calls for legalization to sell draft beer in pubs and restaurants within the city limits of Wetumpka and Millbrook.

Taylor’s second bill has drawn some ire from both cities.

“That’s not the bill we asked for,” Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said.

The Sunday sales bill for pubs and restaurants within the cities’ limits would require a referendum should the bill be passed by the Legislature.

The issue is that this bill is not exactly the same as that introduced by Taylor’s counterpart Paul Beckman (R-Prattville) in the House.

Beckman’s bill combines draft beer and Sunday alcohol sales and does not require a referendum.

“Paul’s bill is the bill we approved and asked for,” Willis said. “We are wanting what’s best for the people in our communities.”

As of Friday, all three bills had been stamped as being filed and ready for committee assignment.

The question is now will there be enough time for these bills to be read and voted upon.

“We just need to sit and let it flow through the process,” Willis added. “I’m not a mind-reader and don’t know what the outcome will be.”

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