Sunday liquor sales bill introduced in Senate

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Sens. Miller (left) and Reinert have reached across the aisle to co-author a Sunday liquor sales bill.
It's baaaack! Less than a year after the last attempt to legalize Sunday liquor sales was killed in the House, the bill has been resurrected from the dead in the Senate.

SEE ALSO: Study: Sunday liquor sales would boost state revenue

Authored by Senator Roger Reinert, D-Duluth, and Senator Jeremy Miller, R-Winona, the bill would allow liquor sales on Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

Here's a screengrab of the bill's language via the Minnesota Revisor's webpage:

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Polling conducted last May and June showed that legalization of Sunday liquor sales is favored by Minnesotans by a two-to-one margin. Will legislators finally acquiesce to the will of the people and allow liquor stores to be open on the Christian day of rest? Time, and the Senate Commerce Committee (to begin with, at least), will tell.

-- h/t: Eric Roper --


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Akiva Benavraham
Akiva Benavraham

Yes we are,blue laws are one example of the illusion of separation of church and state!

Greg Overall
Greg Overall

Not all liqour stores Scott. I am good friends with the owner of a place that is strongly supporting this bill. Why shouldn't he be able to open his doors on Sunday?

Jason Schulz
Jason Schulz

Yes, and in grocery stores, at least wine and "real" beer.

Jim Johnson
Jim Johnson

I'm from Wisconsin and I say yes, please!

Mb Good
Mb Good

It is way past time for this!

Patrick Toth
Patrick Toth

Is Minnesota ready? It has been for *decades*. Time to grow up.

Scott Kulzer
Scott Kulzer

Liquor store owners/vendors don't want this. They say the revenue will remain the same but it'll just be earned over 7 working days instead of 6. So what's the point is their logic. Doesn't anyone read the news? This comes up every year.

Robert Gehrman
Robert Gehrman

Because: It's Your Right, to become a temporary and/or permanent halfwit and damage your mind and liver. Is promoting this a turn for the better for the coherent Nation and everything around us that makes good sense, more sense than an alcoholics helpless vomit makes. 1 day off from drunks on the roads. 1 day off for drunks to decide whether theyd had enuf, b4 u see em dead in booze and vomit...

Jeff Schwartz
Jeff Schwartz

Please don't, we don't need people getting more drunk and more dumb.

Sara Mobrei
Sara Mobrei

obviously! Can we get rid of the 10pm rule too please?

Anne Castro
Anne Castro

Trevor - it's usually the MN nanny culture that gets in the way. "Oooh. We have to 'protect the children' and the alcoholics from themselves." What about the majority of responsible, law-abiding, taxpaying adults who have free will and sometimes want to pick up a bottle or two at their convenience? You know?

Lex Lambent
Lex Lambent

No! God doesn't want us to have fun on Sundays!!! Where is your faith?? Haha

Adam Jones
Adam Jones

It's really not that big of a deal, they're already doing it in nearly every other state in the nation.

Anne Castro
Anne Castro

It is about TIME. You'd think the MN Licensed Beverage Assn. would be thrilled to have liquor stores open on Sundays. No, my bet is on the "nanny-culture" argument: we must protect alcoholics from themselves and it might "hurt the children." Guaranteed it'll be the "needs of the few and the weak over the preferences of the majority."

Anne C. Welch
Anne C. Welch

Ahhhh is this a rhetorical question??! YES and in grocery and convenience stores as well!!!

Anne C. Welch
Anne C. Welch

Ahhhh is this a rhetorical question??! YES and in grocery and convenience stores as well!!!

amiller92
amiller92

Good.  Car dealers too please.

Saxyee Angton
Saxyee Angton

I would LOVE to be able to go grab a bottle of Champagne on a Sunday for some mimosas, you don't always remember to do that during the week or on Saturday. I hope it passes!

Gizelle McKenzie
Gizelle McKenzie

think sundays are understandable. not sure i agree with the idea of thanksgiving or christmas. think people should be able to have off due to both being a national holiday and spend time with their family if they wish.

bradpants
bradpants

Do it! Now, before the weekend!

Noah Hanson
Noah Hanson

Minnesotans are ready yes. Many legislators however, are not, because of the extreme lobbying power of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association.

Cara Flora
Cara Flora

you are way behind the times in this respect

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