Gadsden City leaders have set 6 a.m. as the time when alcoholic beverages may begin to be sold on Sundays.
The Gadsden Times reports city council unanimously approved the start time during a meeting on Tuesday. Gadsden voters approved of Sunday sales in an Aug. 26 referendum. The newspaper reports that city ordinances prevent alcohol sales between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on other days of the week.
A judge in Blount County is being asked to rule on a 2009 state law which had led to alcohol sales being allowed in several dozen Alabama towns. The communities that could be affected by the ruling are in "dry" counties around the state.
Some attorneys suggest that if the judge rules the law unconstitutional, then those small "wet" towns across the state could dry up.
Alex Smith, an attorney for the city of Oneonta, says a ruling that the law is unconstitutional has the potential for creating "judicial and legislative chaos."