MN Sunday Liquor Sales Defeated 07 May 14

The Minnesota Senate has soundly defeated a repeal of the state’s law barring liquor stores from being open on Sundays. The chamber had voted in favor of allowing craft beer tap rooms to sell growlers for takeaway on Sundays, but the bill got pulled from debate. The full-scale repeal went down on a 42-22 vote. It’s a perennial fight in the Legislature, but there was a more aggressive effort this year by Sunday sales advocates. Opponents of the measure say that Minnesotans are used to getting their booze supplies early, and liquor stores won’t necessarily benefit by staying open an extra day. Those in favor of Sunday liquor sales say that consumers should be able to buy a legal product when they want.