Bill to ban Christmas, Thanksgiving liquor sales passes SC House committee

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina liquor stores wouldn't be open on Christmas and Thanksgiving under legislation advancing in the House.

A House Judiciary subcommittee on Thursday approved a measure banning sales on those two holidays. The bill does end a decades-long prohibition on liquor sales on Election Day. The 2-1 vote sends the bill to the full Judiciary Committee for debate.

It won't affect sales of liquor, beer or wine at restaurants and bars.

Republican Rep. Thad Viers of Myrtle Beach says he expects the prohibition on Thanksgiving sales will be dropped from the bill.

Republican Rep. Dennis Moss of Gaffney says his bill can be seen as a public safety measure. The retired Highway Patrol officer said the holiday bans could cut down on binge drinking that leads to domestic violence.

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