MNGOP Rep. Jenifer Loon says her Sunday sales bill is all about local control

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Rep. Jenifer Loon
Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, has announced she'll lead this year's legislative effort to let you buy booze and bring it home on Sundays.

Sunday sales is more popular than any Minnesota elected official, but for whatever reason, the effort to legalize liquor stores on the Lord's day has failed year after year at the Legislature. But last month, Governor Dayton sparked renewed hopes by saying he'd likely sign a Sunday sales bill if it reaches his desk this year.

In an interview with City Pages, Loon acknowledged she's not sure her bill will make it that far.

"I think it's a little early to tell," she said, referring to the bill's political prospects. "But there's a grassroots movement to change the law, and we recently heard an encouraging statement from the governor that he might look favorably on it and sign it."

Loon emphasized that her bill is all about local control.

"What's important to emphasize is that it removes the statewide prohibition," Loon said. "Municipalities can still control liquor sales in their area, including a city-wide ban. It allows the decision to be made by officials at the local level."

Asked why that's important, Loon cited the example of towns in different proximity to bordering states.

"You may have a resort town that's near a border, and they're losing business across state lines during their busy seasons and losing money," she said. "You might have others that don't want it, but it's not for the state to decide."

Loon said she's supported Sunday sales since she was first elected to the Legislature in 2008, but decided to emerge as the bill author this time around because she believes the bill has a better chance to pass than ever.

"It's time for more members to step up and say, 'It's time to take a serious look at this issue, take a look at this law and update it,'" she said.

As for a companion bill in the Senate, Loon said she's "in conversation with folks but nobody has signed on the dotted line yet."

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18 comments
ron.fresquez
ron.fresquez

I suggest the legislature mandate liquor sales on Sunday's at auto dealerships after church. Buy a car or truck and buy booze. One stop shopping.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

It's a legal product - you should be able to buy it anytime you want.

Minnesota was to be seen as 'progressive.'  But in reality it's ruled by unions, special intrest groups, and cronies.

If you don't know it "The National Prohibition Act - known as the Volstead Act"  .....  Senator Volstead was from Minnesota.   So now you know that almost 80 years after the repeal of prohibition - Minnesota still clings to this misguided notion.

Michelle Leann
Michelle Leann

Separation of church and state at its finest here...

Cliff Spab
Cliff Spab

This is among one of many stupid "old laws" that dont fit in todays society.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

Because then a city gets to mandate when a store can be open

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

Explain how it's unfair. I honestly don't understand.

Mike Worcester
Mike Worcester

I'll remember their "local" control" mantra when they start jerking around schools again, and counties again, and municipalities again. They are all for local control, until they are not.

Mary Alice VonEnde
Mary Alice VonEnde

I still don't understand why they continue to bring religion into it, "lords day", if your so concerned about it, then those religious people don't need to purchase liquor in Sundays. Shouldn't it be ultimately the retailers decision if they want to open or not. I don't understand what the bug problem is. Going to college in WI and having the privilege to buy on Sundays, things never got more out of control then if they did any other day.

Tim Stang
Tim Stang

Doesn't affect anyone that isn't within 30 miles of a boarder

Chris Pederson
Chris Pederson

That GOP canard 'local control' is such bs. It's extremely unfair, but they don't care.

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

I was extremely frustrated when my car went to hell and I learned we can't buy cars in this state on Sunday. Very inconvenient. Talk about missed opportunities for revenue and jobs!

Rob Peterson
Rob Peterson

Why wouldn't we have Sunday liquor sales?? This should be an easy one.

Jeffrey Cowell
Jeffrey Cowell

It should be a decision made by the retailer, not the municipality

williamdenney
williamdenney

@atrupar It is truly a sad state of affairs when Sunday liquor sales is the pinnacle of bipartisanship in St. Paul.

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