Sunday sales bill pulled

ATLANTA - A bill that would have allowed Sunday alcohol sales in Georgia stores was pulled from committee just before it was scheduled for a vote.

The measure's sponsor, state Sen. Seth Harp, yanked the bill Wednesday after conceding that he didn't have the votes to get the bill through the Senate Regulated Industries and Utilities Committee. Harp said he would push the bill another day.

The bill would allow local communities to decide whether grocery and convenience stores should be able to sell alcohol on Sundays. It's failed to win approval for the last two legislative sessions and is opposed by Gov. Sonny Perdue, a Christian conservative who doesn't drink.

Georgia is one of three states that don't allow stores to sell alcohol on Sunday. The other two are Indiana and Connecticut.

Peanut butter day at Capitol

ATLANTA - It's peanut butter and jelly time - at the Capitol.

Peanuts, peanut butter, peanut butter cookies, peanut butter crackers and, of course, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were given out to hundreds of lawmakers, lobbyists and anyone else strolling through the Capitol lobby on Wednesday.

The state's powerful agriculture industry sponsors peanut butter and jelly day each year. But the event holds a special significance this year in the aftermath of the salmonella outbreak from a peanut processing plant in Georgia that sickened hundreds and was linked to nine deaths.

State Rep. Tom McCall reminded lawmakers that peanuts are safe and told them to indulge, saying, 'Go down there and fill your pockets up.'