Bill to allow Sunday liquor sales introduced

11:55 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A bill has been introduced by Sen. Roger Reinert to allow liquor sales on Sunday.

The bill changes the language of the current bill to allow off-sale licensees to sell on Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas eve and Christmas Day.

In years past, the issue has been heavily opposed by the largest liquor lobby.

While some store owners say they would welcome the change at past hearings, just as many said it would add to overhead costs with only negligible uptick in sales.

The Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association was opposed to the issue in 2011. 

Reinert said Minnesota stores are at a disadvantage because border states don't have the Sunday restrictions.

The Minnesota Beer Activists is a group that is leading the consumer push for change.

The group says that since 2002, 16 states have lifted the restrictions on Sunday liquor sales, also known as "Blue Laws," bringing the total number of states that allow Sunday sales to 38.

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