Governor Dayton would sign Sunday liquor sales into law

Categories: Booze, Mark Dayton
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Minnesotans want to buy booze on Sundays. But in 2013, 2012, 2011, and so on, legislative efforts to allow Sunday liquor sales have been dead on arrival.

Today, the push got a shot in the arm. In an interview, Gov. Mark Dayton told The Associated Press that if lawmakers can pass a bill allowing Sunday sales, he won't stand in its way, and would sign it into law.

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Commerce doesn't rest on the seventh day, Dayton told the AP. He added, "There are an increasing number of Minnesotans for which Sunday isn't a religious holiday."

Previous efforts to legalize Sunday sales were killed in part by opposition from major players like the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (the liquor stores' lobby) and the Minnesota Teamsters, who maintain that Sunday sales would effectively force stores to stay open seven days of the week.

The other side of that argument? Cue Jason Alvey, owner of Four Firkins liquor store in St. Louis Park, testifying earlier this year before the Senate Commerce Committee:
I pay rent 52 days a year that I'm not allowed to open my business, and I think that's very frustrating. Just because the majority of liquor stores don't want to be open on a Sunday doesn't mean it should be a law.

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Steven Withrow
Steven Withrow

"the Minnesota Teamsters, who maintain that Sunday sales would effectively force stores to stay open seven days of the week." Um, Most other retail stores are already open on Sunday, so what is so special about liquor stores?

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

And even less controversial, why can't we buy cars on Sunday?

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

"I guess I'll go to church since the liquor store is closed" - Said No One Ever

Brent Colquhoun
Brent Colquhoun

the last time this was suggested, it was shot down by not only religious conservatives but the off sale industry themselves not wanting the expenditure of an extra day on their payroll and business taxes...... I'm in favor but it's likely a non issue in the State Legislature........ or maybe it's so obscure that it will be the only thing they can agree on the next session?

Jake Quam
Jake Quam

He said the same thing about legalizing all fireworks in MN, but when it passed the house and senate he vetoed the bill with an hour remaining saying that he has to "protect people from themselves". He's a liar.

Sue Leskela
Sue Leskela

It's about time to rescind this archaic law. Our book club meets on Sunday so now I don't have to make sure I buy the wine on Sat or I'm out of luck.

Marc Petersen
Marc Petersen

I don't drink, but I don't see any rational reason why liquor sales on Sunday are prohibited in Minnesota.

Eric Sanford
Eric Sanford

This has nothing at all to do with religion, people. That's just a convenient cover. It's the liquor lobby who wants to keep stores closed on Sundays, and for good reason: the only reason ANY store ever started being open on weekends was to undercut their competitors, which effectively forced all the other stores to open on weekends to keep up. But, everyone still buys the same amount of stuff in a given week, and now their operating expenses just went up by 17%, and that's a loss. If the law changes, that's exactly what will happen to liquor stores; why wouldn't they do everything they can to keep it from happening? Heck, EVERY store owner would like to see a law passed for their kind of store, if they were smart! Us lazy shoppers who forget to buy beer on Saturday are effectively trying to force our favorite local stores to take a big hit for our convenience. If this happens, the WalMart effect will take place (just like in every other sector), and our little local liquor stores might start disappearing at an even faster rate.

Shereé Bochenek
Shereé Bochenek

i hear there's a very strong group of anti-sunday lobbyists---but I agree that it is time!

Julie Haas Myers
Julie Haas Myers

Pass the law already! If liquor store proprietors don't want to open on Sundays...don't open on Sundays - problem solved.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

I can still buy marijuana on Sundays!

Adam Mikelson
Adam Mikelson

Not really.....you aren't FORCED to not do business, you choose to. Then why don't they close all gas stations, bakeries and coffee shops on Sundays? Laws shouldn't be guided by religion.

Chris Gliedman
Chris Gliedman

This isn't going to happen. The local municipally owned liquor store is a major source of revenue for a significant number of towns & small cities in this state. They believe Sunday sales will only drive up costs without a major increase in revenue. This group is also only too happy to get political cover from the beverage association and the teamsters.

Willis Jackson
Willis Jackson

it means that if you're a Jewish/Muslim/Atheist/Buddhist/Hindu/Shaman/ whatever NON-christian human you're forced not to do business one out of every seven days. Why?? Because Sunday is the SABBATH in Christianity. The ONLY REASON.. In other states Sundays are the highest-sales days for auto and liquor dealers because most 9-5'ers are off work Sat/Sun. Get why it's a big deal?

Michael Paulson
Michael Paulson

I grew up there. Do you still have to drive to Wisconsin? Some BS religious nonsense.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

I love a state where I can drive to a bar on a Sunday, drink until I'm too drunk to safely drive home, then get in my car and drive home, but I can't go to a liquor store on a Sunday to buy a bottle of vodka and bring it back to the comfort of my home. Yep, makes perfect sense to me. 


And no, this is never a problem for me. I am well stocked 365 days a year, so the lack of Sunday sales has no affect upon me, but that doesn't make the idiocy of the law any less idiotic.

David Kay
David Kay

Ok, I am deleting my previous dismissal and I am putting forward am alternative universe. Imagine A world where alcohol sale are as simple as fast food. Ok...not ready. Is it that fast food would kill you, but alcohol would damn your soul?

Dick Ruth
Dick Ruth

Except to purchase New Glarus beer. :-)

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

only drunks and people who don't have gatherings, friends, and family that drop by plan out what they drink on a sunday. people that infringe on other peoples lives with their ideas of what a law needs to be on what I put into a dish of mine spur of the moment on a Sunday because you say I an't have it because of your religion has more problems.

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

only a bad idea to those who have to plan to drink in life. A bottle of wine is just an ingredient to a dish in my mind for most cases, break a bottle and what my great sauce has to be ruined because of a "Blue law"?????

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

its pathetic to "plan ahead" every make a dish and run out of a recipe? a bottle of wine breaks, and what I can't finish my sauce? because some sort of "Blue" law says I can't?

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

only drunks plan "ahead" ever make a nice dish and run out of an ingredient? well wine is just an ingredient for those who cook well. A gathering, a dinner where you don't "plan" ahead. Appointment friendship and family are not something to be had, it happens.

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

Not to mention Kim, only people that drink a lot plan out what booze they have on hand. IF you run out of sugar for a recipe you can run out and get some more 24/7 but a nice reduction sauce, and you run out of wine, then your out of luck.

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

only people who drink a lot think about how much booze they have on hand and pre think it. A sunday, gathering, a sauce that includes wine. If you run out of butter, you can go run and get some more, but not a bottle of wine for the recipe.

Evelyn Blum
Evelyn Blum

Kim perhaps you plan every thing a million days in advance, but I shop on weekends, I have spur of the moments gatherings and happenings. Liquor isn't something an adult who is responsible needs to "plan" out. A bottle of wine, to go with dinner, or a gathering that isn't expected doesn't have to be done on "appointment" only in america are we that cold to behave that way.

Ben Harris
Ben Harris

quitcher bitchin and drive to hudson

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

No reason not to be open Sunday's - it should be up to the management.

Next, lets get real beer and wine sold in grocery stores.

Sandy Miller Johnson
Sandy Miller Johnson

At least we can still buy whatever size of soda we want, unlike NY. Soon our choices won't be our own...they will be dictated.

Natalie Crecerelle
Natalie Crecerelle

Wisconsin cops. no more reason to visit so now you can't ticket.

Steven P. Daffinrud
Steven P. Daffinrud

what, people can't figure out how to buy booze on days other than Sunday? That is kind of pathetic.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

We can all go one day without anything unless we have diabetes...so how about we arbitrarily force the water department and grocery stores to close one day a week?


Nah, that would be FUCKING STUPID.

beckyhead66
beckyhead66

Really? Considering Christ's first miracle, I guess he endorses damning us all, then.

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

should all Cub, Target, Kohl's, Home Depot and Walgreens be closed, too, because people should "plan ahead?"

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

"what, people can't figure out how to buy ham on days other than Sunday? That is kind of pathetic.


what, people can't figure out how to buy tampons on days other than Sunday? That is kind of pathetic.


what, people can't figure out how to buy milk on days other than Sunday? That is kind of pathetic.


what, people can't figure out how to buy cheeseburgers on days other than Sunday? That is kind of pathetic."


I'm with Steven. Let's close everything on Sundays...because we all shouldn't expect to need anything 52 days out of the year.

MNjoe
MNjoe topcommenter

What if I drink everything on Sat, night and then have a few pals stop by for the game on Sunday? Blue laws suck. Besides, repeal would not force anyone to open on Sunday - they would have the freedom of choice to do so. Gotta problem with that?

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