Minnesota's latest push for Sunday liquor sales

Some Minnesota lawmakers are going to try and open the bottle on Sunday liquor sales again.

Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth) and Rep. Jenifer Loon (GOP-Eden Prairie) are both sponsoring bills that remove the ban in state statute. It's faced fierce opposition among special interest groups in the past, but polls show the public wants it.

"I think the people of Minnesota are ready for this," Sen. Reinert said. "38 other states have figured out how to do it. Every state on or borders and two provinces have figured out how to do it. The 65 percent of Minnesotans who want this this deserve to have a hearing and floor vote on the issue."

Opponents of ending the Sunday sales ban say independent liquor store owners want to stay closed on Sundays so as not to feel pressure from competitors or deal with overhead. Others say they simply don't want to work on Sunday.

Last year was a small step forward to allow just beer growler sales on Sundays failed in the Senate when the Teamster's union withdrew its support of the bill.

Read the bill - S.F. 265


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