Dothan Commissioners unanimously agreed to allow people to vote on Sunday alcohol sales at their Tuesday meeting. The local legislative delegation now introduce a bill that will allow the commissioners to hold a referendum vote. If it passes alcoholic beverages would be sold for off premises consumption on Sunday between the hours of one and midnight. Commissioner Hamp Baxley said Sunday alcohol sales is something that should be voted on by the people.
"There are some issues that reasonable people can disagree about. Those issues are specifically designed to be put for a vote of the people and not something me and the other commissioners should dictate to the public. The public should dictate that to us," said Baxley.
Commissioners also said Sunday sales would increase sales tax revenue, while some including church pastors are against it. Dr. Johnny Fain of First Baptist Dothan made a last ditch effort to get commissioners to reconsider their decision Tuesday.
Fain said, "I know everyone is not in church on that day, I know they are not. I think we should honor that one day because the right thing to do to honor the Lord."
If the legislature approves it, the public vote will take place in August.