Anniston city leaders have been seeking a local law to allow the City Council to approve the sale of alcoholic drinks on Sundays. Council members say their bill, dubbed the Anniston Ecotourism Beverage Bill, would give them the option of legalizing Sunday sales if that’s what it takes to attract tourism.
The bill had been held up by a block placed on local legislation by Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow, D-Red Bay. Morrow challenged all local legislation to protest his colleagues' failure to override the governor's veto on one of his bills.
Morrow announced late Wednesday that he was relenting on the block, due to a deal with House Speaker Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, that would allow a new version of Morrow's bill to go through the Legislature.
That could have put the Anniston bill before the House as early as Thursday, but a forecast for severe weather led the House to adjourn after only two hours of deliberation. No local bills got a vote.
Hubbard's spokeswoman, Rachel Adams, said the House would attempt to vote on all pending local legislation when the House convenes again on Tuesday. She said she wasn’t sure how many local bills were awaiting approval. Morrow said there were 36.
The Anniston Sunday sales bill has already been approved in the Senate.
A similar bill, to allow a vote on Sunday sales in Weaver, is still awaiting committee approval in the Senate and hasn't yet been introduced in the House.