Sunday sales, this time including growlers, fails again

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Last Monday, the provision that would allow taprooms to sell growlers on Sundays was removed from the Sunday sales liquor bill by the Senate Tax Committee. A growler amendment was later added to the bill and passed through the Senate. The bill was then stalled.

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Sunday growler sales removed from liquor bill

On Thursday morning, the House amended an unrelated gambling bill to include the sale of alcohol in taprooms on Sunday, leaving out Sunday growler and liquor sales in general. The gambling bill passed overwhelmingly. The Senate voted to concur with the House version, allowing taprooms to open on Sunday, but effectively killing off any possibility of Sunday liquor or growler sales.

"While I am pleased about the tiny steps forward on Sunday sales -- including allowing tap rooms to be open on Sundays... I'm disappointed that the Senate isn't doing more this Session to support the quickly-growling craft beer industry," Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) said in a statement.

The biggest opponent to Sunday sales is the Teamsters Union, a group responsible for delivering alcohol on behalf of wholesalers, says Reinert. The Teamsters are worried that Sunday sales would require them to reopen contracts, but have yet to produce any evidence, Reinert told Hot Dish last week.



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Tamara Brown Legler
Tamara Brown Legler

I don' t know what this has to do with Christianity....nothing in the Bible says you can't drink on Sundays.

Scott Jochum
Scott Jochum

Did any of you crybabies contact your legislators?

Reed Osell
Reed Osell

People also aren't going to the dealership to buy a new car every other week

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

No - my example is you can only buy vegetables on one day a week: Tuesday, because the teamsters that deliver vegetables have a vested interest in that one day. By your reasoning, that shouldn't be a problem because you can plan ahead and buy all the vegetables you need on that day. And yes, absolutely, I think the Sunday sales restriction is absurd, but for more reasons than just wanting to buy liquor on a Sunday.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

This is a stunning example of how we are ruled by special interests, not by logic, not by common sense, not by the free market, but by good old fashioned back room deals.

Does one need to wonder what drives most of the other decisions in our government?   Special interest goups and lobbiests.

We are subservient to "the Oligaracy".

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Kelly, a better example is using the same criteria that I did. If you don't allow vegetable shopping on Tuesdays (for whatever reason). You can still buy them the other six days and yes, you can still grow your own. Just come out and say that you want to be able to buy booze 7 days a week. I don't care if I can't because I can still buy them most days.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

I understand what you wrote: be happy with what you're allowed to do. I gave you an example that makes as much sense as restricting sales due to the special interests. Hanni Kenny, thanks for chiming in. Sparkling repartee, indeed.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

Not sure if you understood what I wrote Kelly. Your example is the reverse of my statement. And to your statement, you can obviously make your own beer and drink it whenever you want.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

Then don't open on Sunday if you don't want to. Heck, let's only have liquor sales between 2pm and 6pm on every other Thursday. Additionally, if you refuse to open on those specific times, we'll revoke your liquor license. Plan ahead, people! Plan ahead! Doesn't matter when YOU want to do something. We'll tell you when it's time to do it. Get back to work.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

My lobby has started an initiative to only allow vegetable sales on Tuesdays. Don't complain - be happy we allow you to buy any vegetables at all. Don't like it? Grow your own.

Misty Griggs
Misty Griggs

I live in Nebraska and our stores are most definitely open Sundays. I can count many Sundays while in Minneapolis I wanted to buy liquor on a Sunday (learned my lesson now). Here in Nebraska or liquor stores are quite busy on Sundays. It's sunday funday! There is demand. Lol

Joe Peterson
Joe Peterson

Weed is about to be legal, but don't buy any legal booze on Sunday! To all the people that say, Buy an extra case on Saturday? Why not just open Liquor stores on Monday only, and then you just go in and buy what you want in one day? Makes things easy right? LOL

Mike Worcester
Mike Worcester

Hardly apples vs. oranges. My point is that an amazing amount of time and legislative effort was used to partially legalise a product for what is definitely a noble purpose (for the record I support the use of marijuana for medical reasons), while the idea that an already legal product cannot released for sale one more day a week. It should not matter the desired reason for the purchase. The issue to me is the inherent silliness of banning sale for reasons that are not grounded in any logical rationale--even if the Teamsters think theirs is one.

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

And really, are we really free if only legislators, from atop their perches, are able to grant us allowances as to what we can and cannot purchase on any damn day we chose?

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

"Non-toxically"? Not by smoking it you can't. Regardless, There's no reason to not have Sunday liquor sales.

Mel UgoFurst
Mel UgoFurst

Love the progressive union thugs protecting their turf like the true gangsters they are, and the politicians they're in bed with

Cordell Walker
Cordell Walker

They just have to push it forward as a Constitutional Amendment stating that it violates the separation of Church and State. The only thing separating Sunday from any other day of the week is calling it a day of rest for religious reasons.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

I've got the perfect idea! To put the cap on this hilarious idea, we sell pot on odd days, liquor on even days, cigarettes every other day unless it falls on a Sunday! Then everybody's happy! We're all protected from ourselves, all the special interests' sacred cows are protected, and the legislature gets to feel like it's doing something meaningful. Good grief this is all so stupid.

Cordell Walker
Cordell Walker

State Constitutional Amendments The Constitution of the State of Minnesota sets out the process by which it can be amended in Article IX, section 1. It requires that a majority of the members of each house of the legislature must vote to propose amendments to the constitution. The proposed amendments must be published with the laws passed at the same session. The proposed Amendment must be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at a general election. If a majority of all of the people voting at the election vote to ratify an amendment, it becomes a part of the Constitution. The Legislative Reference Library has a list of proposed constitutional amendments, which includes links to the specific ballot language and whether the amendment was ratified by voters. Minnesota does not have Initiative and Referendum so other than constitutional amendments no other statewide ballot questions are authorized.

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

Kris I used to work for an auto parts store in Hudson. Sundays were horrible there. We were open cause the bigger stores were. Fewer people realistically will buy booze on Sundays.

Kris Windom
Kris Windom

I have still haven't heard one good argument as to why we can't have liqueur store on Sunday. I also would like to be able to purchase a vehicle on Sundays. If anyone can give me some really good reasons why this shouldn't be allowed, please reply.

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

Doesn't make sense... if anything it will be a lot more profitable than the overhead costs, less people driving in to Hudson on Sunday to pick up their liquor

Rob Larsen
Rob Larsen

That, and the Teamsters looking out for their own best interests. So much for the free market.

Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

I agree with an earlier statement. Just buy an extra case on Saturday. Or get your Growler filled on Saturday. Instead of being happy we can get things 6/7 days a week, we complain about the 1/7.

Tony Lema
Tony Lema

Every other states liquor industry has survived being open on Sundays. Don't want to be open, then don't.

Jackie May
Jackie May

I can remember when nothing was open on Sunday. Just never dreamed the liquor would forever be closed on that day. Why not let the business owners decide. Stay closed on Sunday if you want too. But let others be open if it works for them. Archaic rules for sure.

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

No one would be forced to open but would have to anyways or lose money to those that do. I work in the liquor industry by the way and this is the opinion of almost all I know that also work in liquor. We can't buy cars on Sunday either and that seems to bother no one.

Amanda Rae
Amanda Rae

Apples vs. oranges. Medical Cannabis isn't just a guise for "getting stoned". If you need to get drunk any day of the week, brew your own and bypass the taxes and all the other BS. Or go to a bar. Can't say the same is allowed for people who want to medicate naturally and non-toxically.

Denny Sid Scanlon
Denny Sid Scanlon

A lot of businesses are against it cause of the overhead costs out weighing the profitability. Buy an extra case Saturday. Problem solved.

Ima B. Musing
Ima B. Musing

Utterly ridiculous! What about the customer always being right? We want to be able to procure alcohol on Sundays in MN!!

Aus Tin Padilla
Aus Tin Padilla

Sometimes, people who like craft beer fill up a growler at a tap room and bring it home.

Mike Worcester
Mike Worcester

So we are saying "No Way" to selling a perfectly legal product--in this case, beer--on a Sunday, but are at the same time saying "Yes Way" to medical marijuana? Can someone please tell me--are you listening members of our state legislature?--how this jarring inconsistency makes any sense?

Ben Watson
Ben Watson

The current "debate" has nothing to do with religion. It's all about certain local liquor store owners who don't want to compete in a free market.

Jonathan Bush
Jonathan Bush

I guess I'm too stupid to understand this, but let me try: We can't have liquor sales in MN on Sunday because of something the Teamsters - god love 'em, because somebody has to - pulled straight out of their collective ass?

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

@Matthew: "I don't care if I can't because I can still buy them most days"

IMO, this is a horrible attitude.   Sounds like you still live with your mom and dad.   These legislators are bought and paid for.  But you don't mind, as long as they sorta give you what you want.

It's not about booze!

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Did you just compare a thing one buys every 7 days to a thing one buys every 5-10 years? And you work in the liquor industry? I think I've found part of the problem.^


I'd be so curious to meet the store owner who values money so much he couldn't stand to miss out on making any, but then laments the opportunity to because...uh...you'll have to clear that part up.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Yes. It is impossible to make marijuana at home.


In more progressive states than this one, where medical marijuana is legal, there are provisions for those that require it to grown there own...typically X number of female plants. California for instance.

DavidFoureyes
DavidFoureyes topcommenter

Certainly you understand you just made the case for closing EVERYTHING one day a week, right?


Which day should we close all gas stations?

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