Minnesota Senate Approves Sunday Liquor Sales

(St. Paul, MN) – Minnesotans will soon be able to buy beer and booze every day of the week.

The Minnesota Senate on Monday approved a bill to legalize Sunday liquor sales on a vote of  38-28.

State Senator Nick Frentz of Mankato was absent from today’s session, but had previously said he was generally opposed.

The Minnesota House passed the bill last week by a vote of 85-45.

The versions differ slightly, so that will have to be reconciled and approved and sent to Governor Mark Dayton.

Dayton has said that he would sign a bill legalizing Sunday sales if it gets to his desk.

Stores will be able to be open on Sundays beginning this July.

Those opposed argued that it will drive small mom-and-pop liquor stores out of business, as the big box retailers are better apt to handle the extra costs for being open on Sunday. They also said that Sunday is a church and family day.

Those in favor noted that the times have changed since the law was put in place in 1935 and that consumers should have the option to buy liquor any day of the week.

They also said that Minnesota is missing out on tax revenues because not allowing Sunday sales has people driving across the border to places like Wisconsin or South Dakota.

The law would allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays, but would not mandate it. State law would allow municipalities to put local restrictions in place.

Minnesota is one of just 12 states that currently prevents liquor stores from opening on Sundays.

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