SC Radio Network’s Tripp Girardeau contributed to this report
Next week the South Carolina State Legislature will take up a bill that would prohibit liquor sales on Christmas Day. Rep. Dennis Moss (R-Gaffney) is sponsoring the bill. He says it would also allow liquor stores to be open on election days, which they currently are not. Moss says the new law would be much more relevant compared to the current one.
I think that law is outdated. It was there in the old times where they’d hold polling at places that sold alcohol. That’s where you’d go vote.
Moss believes prohibiting liquor sales on Christmas would help stop some of the violence that tends to occur during the holiday season due to excessive drinking. He says it makes more sense to not sell liquor on Christmas compared to election days.
It was my personal opinion that it could maybe stop some domestic violence cases.
Currently, the governor has control of what days liquor stores can open and close, but legislators want to officially close the stores on Christmas as part of state law. Previous governor Mark Stanford would stop liquor sales on Christmas some years while other years he would not. Moss said this created an inconsistency in the law.