A bill that would ban alcohol sales on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day will be heard by a subcommittee of the South Carolina House this week. Bans are already in effect on package sales for Sunday and election day.
The bill is the creation of Cherokee County Republican Dennis Moss. He says the legislation is sponsored by a few dozen House members.
Moss says governors in past years had declared prior to the holidays that there would be no A-B-C sales on the holidays, but that didn’t happen this year.
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Moss on ABC sales
The proposal contains punishments of up to $2000 for violating the ban.
Moss says a constituent of his, a liquor dealer, had called him around the holidays this year, confused about whether or not he could open on the holidays. He told Moss that even state officials didn’t know the answer.
The alcohol ban subcommittee meeting was scheduled for last week but the meeting was cancelled. The House was especially busy last week following a furlough the previous week.
Moss believes the proposal will pass. He says it has the support of liquor retailers and the Baptist Association.