The Georgia Senate has approved a bill that would allow local communities to decide whether to allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.
The Senate voted 32-22 on the measure after more than two hours of debate.
Supporters argued the measure was about local control. Voters in local communities would decide whether to allow alcohol sales on the Sabbath.
But opponents - including religious groups - said it was an affront to family values.
The issue languished in the Senate rules committee for weeks before finally making it to the floor Wednesday, the deadline by which bills must pass at least one legislative chamber to have a shot at becoming law.
Supporters have been pushing the measure for years at the Capitol.