Another push for Sunday liquor sales in Minn.

New push for Sunday liquor sales

MINNEAPOLIS - We've heard the argument before and nothing’s changed since 1935.

But now some believe a new campaign to abolish a law prohibiting liquor stores from selling booze on Sundays has a chance of passing this legislative session.

"I feel like this is it,” said Leslee Miller, a spokesperson for MN Consumers First Alliance.

Miller, who also is a wine consultant, is part of the group made up of retailers and consumers. The group recently produced a YouTube video that advocates changing the law.

It’s been viewed by more than 56,000 people.

"The truth is the clear majority of Minnesotans want this changed,” the narrator says in the video.

Despite facing the same legislature they did last year, Miller thinks this year could be different.

"I think some of the legislatures have changed their mind,” she said.

That could be the case, but not enough, according to GOP Rep. Greg Davids of Preston.

"Their chances are zero to none, this is the same legislature that voted it down in 2015,” he said.

With a short legislative session this spring, Davids doesn’t anticipate a bill being introduced.

"We have 10 weeks to put a tax bill together, a transportation bill and a bonding bill together. I don’t think there’s going to be a whole lot of time to spend on an issue that doesn’t have a chance,” he said.

Clearly the debate hasn't changed.

Small town liquor stores don't want to open on Sundays, according to Davids. And they believe any money they will make will be spread out over seven days, instead of six.

The other side argues most consumers want stores to open up which will be a good thing since the money will come back to Minnesota instead of going to stores across the border.

"If they chose to be open, great. If they chose not to be open, that is their decision,” she said.

Davids disputes that.

"They’ll say you don’t have to (open) but really you do. If one’s open, you all have to be open,” he said

Minnesota is one of 12 states that still ban liquor stores from opening on Sunday. The law for more than 80 years. What has changed is the ease of communicating with one another. And supporters are tapping into that on social media, getting the word out in hopes of putting the pressure on.

“When I talk to retailers they say that’s a bummer they can’t come in on Sundays, because I feel like Sunday sales would be great,” she said.


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