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August 13, 2014

Gov. Nikki Haley backs lifting SC's Election Day alcohol sales ban

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A blog from The State's political team of Cassie Cope, Jamie Self and Andy Shain. Email tips to thebuzz@thestate.com.

Gov. Nikki Haley said Wednesday that she is glad South Carolina will become the last state in the nation to lift its alcohol sales ban on Election Day.

"There was a day and time when they were concerned about things like that," Haley said during a ceremonial bill signing at Columbia's Conquest Brewing Co. "This is business. We don't ever want state government to get in the way of good business."

The law, passed in the spring, bans alcohol sales on Christmas Day, which were previously legal. Asked if the Christmas Day ban was appropriate, Haley said she preferred not to stop sales: “If I choose to purchase on Christmas Day, that’s probably a personal decision.”

Another portion of the new law allows breweries to sell more of their beer on site if they serve food. The measure was promoted as a way to lure Stone Brewing to South Carolina, but the California company chose to look elsewhere for an East Coast location. Haley said the state's existing 20 breweries could take advantage of the law that has gone into effect.

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