Store owner thrilled at the possibility of Sunday alcohol sales in Ouachita Parish

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An opinion from Louisiana’s Attorney General Jeff Landry could allow alcohol sales on Sundays–throughout Ouachita Parish.  

That opinion says voter approval isn’t required: the police jury can decide.

It’s an issue that has Laddie Aulakh in bad spirits.
Combing through his notebooks full of signatures. Aulakh has been fighting for years to sell alcohol on Sunday in his Calhoun businesses.

“We have close to 3,000 signatures in these books,” said Aulakh.

He owns Calhoun Groceries and several other stores in the area. He says the alcohol ban on Sundays is sending his customers other places.

“Most people like to do one stop. They don’t want to make multiple stops. They can go to Sam’s or any other place and get it all at one time. It’s time for a change,” said Aulakh.

Aulakh said he is pleased with the attorney general’s opinion. Now he’s hopeful the police jury will get the

“It’s 150-thousand people in ouachita parish. There are people who feel very strongly that we should not have this and there are people who feel we should,” said OPPJ President Scotty Robinson.

Robinson said he’s surprised by the attorney general’s opinion. 
But, he knows one thing for certain; he wants the people to decide.

“It’s a big decision so again that’s why i say i would have preferred the attorney general tell us let the voters decide. But unfortunately the jury is the one who gets the vote,” said Robinson.

As for Aulakh he said he won’t stop fighting.

“Finally we will get a nay or yay so we can move on. Hopefully we don’t get left behind the whole town got it. We should get it,” said Aulakh.

Police Juror Jack Clampit said the police jury will continue to research before reaching a final decision.
In the meantime they will be a creating a Sunday-alcohol ordinance for introduction only.

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