Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Blue Laws soon to be a thing of the past

Map of South Carolina highlighting Orangeburg ...Image via Wikipedia
Monday Orangeburg County Council made progress
For many years now Orangeburg, South Carolina has held on to a part of a antiquated mentality with regards to shopping all day on Sundays. South Carolina and other mid-western states also passed numerous laws to protect Sunday Sabbath during the mid to late 19th century. Laws targeted numerous groups including saloon owners, Jews, Seventh-day Adventists, and non-religious peoples.

With the usual public comment discouraged Monday, Orangeburg County Council voted 6-1 for first reading of an ordinance rescinding the county's controversial blue laws. Council discussion centered not on the blue law ordinance itself, which passed by title only, but on whether the public should have been allowed to comment on the issue. Chairman Johnnie Wright told anyone wanting to address council during the regular public comments portion of the session that the blue laws have already had plenty of discussion and public input. Read more on this story here: Early Sunday shopping inches closer to reality

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