Repeal of Sunday alcohol ban not likely to pass this year, Senator Reinert says

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It looks like Minnesotans will remain sober on Sundays for the time being. Senator Roger Reinert, the main force behind the effort to repeal Minnesota's Sunday alcohol ban told the Star Tribune that the repeal doesn't have enough votes to pass through the Senate Commerce Committee.

Reinert's focus is now being directed towards breweries and taprooms. On Wednesday, a hearing was held by the Senate Commerce Committee and Reinert's brewery and taproom bills both passed. The former will allow sales by small breweries, while the latter permits taprooms to remain open and sell growlers as well as 750-millileter bottles on Sundays.

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As for the larger bill that would obliterate the Sunday alcohol ban altogether, we may have to wait until next year.

"The bill's been laid over for possible inclusion in the liquor omnibus, which means it will probably be included in the Senate's version of the liquor omnibus bill," said Andrew Schmitt, the director of MN Beer Activists.

Though Schmitt acknowedges that there's been a lack of support and speed in getting the repeal off the ground, he remains hopeful that the partial prohibition will soon end.

"We're far behind the rest of the nation and it's time to step up and be a leader in the craft beer movement," he says. "It's something the majority of Minnesotans support, so we feel confident that legislatures are going to listen to the voters and not lobbyists."

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Maggie Dallmann
Maggie Dallmann

In a state that can make it ok for gays to be married still stick to laws that were set because of religious beliefs...(and yes of course I voted yes) so Sunday's are a day of worship and rest is the original reason car sales and booze were not allowed gambling used to be one of those too. So how long do we base our laws on religion when our country bases its beliefs on freedom of religion? Our kids no longer say the pledge of allegence but yet certain things can be sold on certain days? Fricken ridiculous - America is becoming less and less free in the strangest of ways.

Maggie Dallmann
Maggie Dallmann

If its good for our economy we need to stop being stupid and fix the old senseless crap ..if its legal then its legal. So to protest people "being drunk 7 days a week" is to protest our right as Americans to make our own decisions on something that helps our state and is not against the law. Ignorant people I tell Ya

Maggie Dallmann
Maggie Dallmann

This is an old law just like how car salesmen can't sell cars on Sundays in MN ...we need to get with the times and be more involved in our laws. There needs to be more of a say by citizens not politicians. When did we stop having the abilitie to make changes?

Jill Munn Blesener
Jill Munn Blesener

For all of the people acting like it's just crazy alcoholics that need to get liquor on Sunday, have you ever thought that : 1. People were hosting on a Sunday and forgot to get alcohol (ie mimosas for brunch or beer for football games) or 2. All people don't work a m-f schedule. Perhaps their weekend is Sunday and Monday instead of Saturday and Sunday, and their schedule doesn't permit them to go pick something up. Or 3. Maybe you just want a bottle of wine on a Sunday while sitting on your deck. Stop being so judgmental and realize this could benefit our state

Calvin Woody
Calvin Woody

So why not pass it? Aren't bars open? If bars can sell alcohol why can't liquor stores? I don't understand.

Lara Zimberoff
Lara Zimberoff

Beer won't sell itself on Sundays. Tap rooms and liquor stores need to hire people to sell it for them. So guess what? Overturning this ban would create a lot of jobs. So maybe you're the one who needs to chill out.

Lara Zimberoff
Lara Zimberoff

It's a completely antiquated legislation that affects a lot of local businesses, those which stimulate the economy and make this a great place to live. Should those leave, too? This isn't about people just wishing they could get drunk more on Sundays and I doubt you've thought about that.

Lara Zimberoff
Lara Zimberoff

Except it's not a non-issue. The beer economy could be really huge in Minnesota, maybe one of the biggest in the country, and this gets in the way of that happening.

Jesse Etzler
Jesse Etzler

You can get a drink at a bar or restaurant on sunday... but you can't buy it off of a shelf at a store. LOGIC

Lily Ann
Lily Ann

Maybe every person that is really bent out of shape enough about this non-issue and realistically thought it was going to pass since they obviously didn't economics, to curse this great state...SHOULD MOVE.

Benjamin Gray
Benjamin Gray

For all the people saying who cares, you have plenty of other days, think about this. Taprooms aren't open sundays, and the rest of the week I work literally the same hours they are open except Saturday. It would be nice if there was another day I could go enjoy them on an afternoon.

Jason Ehlers
Jason Ehlers

The Chamber of Commerce wants the little people to show up Monday mornings without hangovers

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

That does raise a fair point. What are you doing the other six days that you can't make a liquor run?

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

Thanks for killing medical cannabis also, democrats.

Tim Cheesebrow
Tim Cheesebrow

Is there a secular reason to not serve on Sunday? If not the state should have no restrictions of commerce of any kind.

Mariano Garcia
Mariano Garcia

Having liquor sales on Sunday does not affect a person's ability to get drunk 7 days a week.

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

They really can't get shit done this year.

boatcaptainmike
boatcaptainmike

Guess Minnesota doesn't want the tax revenue from alcohol sales?  

Steve Gansen
Steve Gansen

It's a damn shame to be depriving Miss Carrie Nation of her Sunday bar-smashing exercises.

Josh Jahnke
Josh Jahnke

when these taprooms have lots of people coming in on Sunday to buy growlers how long will it be before they sell to many barrels to not qualify to sell growlers

David Kallsen Jr
David Kallsen Jr

Buy your booze on Saturday moron s! Let's worry about the percentage of people on welfare in this state!! Not if you can go to the gas station and get a beer!!

Tammy Belka
Tammy Belka

Gotta go to Wisco anyway to get New Glaurus!

Denny Schachtner
Denny Schachtner

Maybe I'll just start buying all my alcohol in Wisconsin.

Rich Rudin
Rich Rudin

If you have to drive to sconie on a Sunday ... there could be more of internal problem

Gary
Gary

Bro, do you even economics?

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