MONTGOMERY, Ala. (TAB) — After the Alabama Supreme Court struck down a 2009 law in February that allowed small towns in the state to vote on alcohol sales, the state Legislature responded “in favor” of alcohol sales. It approved two bills March 12 to allow more than 30 cities and towns in dry counties to choose whether they go wet or dry. The 2009 law had been amended to allow cities with a population of more than 1,000 residents to hold wet/dry referendums. However, the amendment excluded Blount, Randolph and Clay counties, something Johnston argued was a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment and what led to the law being struck down.
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