For 82 years, a Minnesota law has prevented the sale of alcohol in liquor stores on Sunday. And it seems for almost that long, legislators have annually proposed repealing that law. This year is no exception.
State Rep. Jenifer Loon, the second-ranking Republican in the Minnesota House, has survived a primary challenge brought on by her vote in favor of gay marriage.
The voting is over and the counting has begun in Minnesota, where the top prizes in the primary were the Republican nominations to take on Democrats Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Al Franken in November. Dayton and Franken had little-known Democratic challengers as each sought a second term. But four major Republican rivals jockeyed for the party’s nod to take on Dayton, with no sign of a clear front-runner. Businessman Mike McFadden was favored to challenge Franken in the fall.
A leading Republican in the Minnesota House is introducing a new bill to allow Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie, the deputy Republican leader, says Monday it’s time for state government to abolish a law she calls outdated and against free enterprise.
Four Minnesota House Republicans have broken party ranks to pass a gay marriage bill, with two Democrats voting against it. Thursday’s 75-59 vote to legalize same-sex marriage sets up a Monday vote in the Senate, where supporters say they have sufficient backing.
The Minnesota House on Wednesday approved a bill that would raise state taxes by $2.6 billion in part by enacting the state’s first alcohol tax increase in about 25 years.