House Votes to Allow Alcohol Elections for Cities

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mississippi House members want some cities
in dry counties to be able to vote on allowing alcohol sales.

House members voted 67-52 Wednesday for Senate Bill 2497, which now returns to the Senate for more work.

As changed by the House, the bill would allow cities with 5,000 or more people in dry counties, as well all county seats in dry counties, to hold elections on the sale of beer, wine and liquor.

The Senate bill originally set the population at 6,000 or more.

Of Mississippi's 82 counties, 27 are entirely dry and 10 more are partially dry, according to the state Revenue Department.

Elections to allow alcohol, or to revert to dry status, would be called when 20 percent of a city's voters present a petition.

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  • by Happy Here Location: A dry county on Apr 5, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    Oh please roger, I guess it would be okay to let everyone do whatever they want to do. Let's drink and drive too. Just don't let the gov't make any laws against anything that I want to do. Maybe the local counties should be the ones to vote on there own status about alcohol. Our state senate needs to worry about other more oppressive laws in the works. Need to get them feds off our backs.
  • by Roger Location: Meridian on Apr 4, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    Well thats a win for Liberty-allowing the people closest to the situation to make the decision for themselves. Who are the 52 who voted against it? Central Planners? We do not elect representatives to make rules for us. They are there to keep the big arm of the government off our back. Period.
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