Will 2014 be the year for Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota?
Deputy House Minority Leader Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie) believes there may be support for Sunday sales this year, despite a 106-21 vote to reject a bill just last year.
"The time has come for state government to abolish this outdated law and move the decision closer to the people," Loon said in a statement. "While local governments should have the final say in how these sales are controlled, our citizens and businesses deserve a less restrictive regulatory climate that invites competition, creates jobs and brings fundamental freedom back to our communities."
Supporters of lifting the Sunday prohibition learned that Gov. Mark Dayton is willing to sign such a bill -- if it can pass the Legislature.
Yet, opponents of the measure include independent liquor store owners who want one day a week to remain closed without worrying about competitors.
"The short version is: 'We don't want to work on Sunday," Frank Ball, executive director of the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association, told Minnesota Public Radio News last year.
Loon's bill attempts to address the concerns of local stores by allowing municipalities to set their own hours and rules regarding Sunday sales.
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