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POSTED: February 15, 2007 5:06 a.m.
Proposal doesn’t go far enough
“There is much to be said for a measure filed last week by a bipartisan group of Georgia lawmakers that would prohibit 16 and 17-year-olds — those holding a Class D driver's license — from talking on a cellular or mobile phone while driving a motor vehicle. The measure was originally prefiled with the House late last year by State Rep. Mary Oliver, D-Decatur, and is now sponsored by Republican state Rep. Len Walker of Loganville, Oliver and several other Democrats. There is just one flaw in the mix: It seems reasonable that the restriction should be for all drivers, not just teen-agers. There have been many instances of accidents where drivers were talking on a cell phone at the time. Cell phone conversations may even have played a role in a recent tragedy in which two area women were killed at a railroad crossing in Warner Robins when their car was hit by a train.”
Source: Macon Telegraph

Retailers divided over Sunday alcohol sales
Liquor store owners fear they'll lose out on sales if beer and wine are allowed to be sold on Sunday, while convenience store and grocery store owners look to reap profits. The issue has created strange bedfellows, with liquor store owners banding with conservative Christians against the bill.
Banning Sunday sales "puts grocery retailers in Georgia at a disadvantage" because retailers in surrounding states can sell packaged alcohol on Sundays, said Glynn Jenkins, director of communications and public relations for Kroger's Atlanta division.
"We would like the voters to decide," Jenkins said.
Source: Athens Banner-Herald
 

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