ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bill allowing Minnesota liquor sales to open on Sundays is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.
The push to legalize Sunday liquor sales goes back years but it has regularly failed at the Legislature by wide margins. An influx of new, more supportive lawmakers and pressure from Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt gave it an extra push this year.
The House and Senate passed separate bills but a small difference in how long stores could be open on Sundays held up the bill's final passage. The House agreed with the Senate Thursday to allow stores to open at 11 a.m.
"It’s time that we change the law, bringing Minnesota liquor laws into the 21st century, allow Minnesota retailers to serve their Minnesota customers if they choose on Sunday, and stop that migration of customers going across the border," said Rep. Jennifer Loon. "Keep those revenues and sales in the state."
Dayton has vowed he won't veto the legislation. Once it becomes law, liquor stores can open on Sundays starting in July.