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.
A state senator says he may have the solution to the long-running battle over allowing liquor sales on Sunday.
Minnesota beer lovers would find it easier to enjoy their pursuit on Sundays under a bill advanced by a Senate committee for expanded alcohol sales on the seventh day. Without testimony or debate, the Senate Commerce Committee passed a bill included three proposals by Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth. One would allow taprooms to make Sunday sales. Another would allow craft-beer brewers to sell 64-ounce containers called “growlers” on Sundays. And the third would allow small brewers and brewpubs to refill any growler on Sundays.
Two State lawmakers recently offered several bills that would achieve the same goal: allowing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota. The bills range from allowing state-wide sales on Sunday to just allowing sales at breweries and tap rooms across the state. Another proposal by Sen. Roger Reinert of Duluth and Rep. Jennifer Loon of Eden Prairie would let individual cities decide if they want to allow Sunday sales.
An employee at a defense contractor used his pass to get into the Washington Navy Yard and went on a deadly shooting rampage Monday, spraying bullets in the hallways and firing from a balcony on workers in an atrium below. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman. The motive for the attack — the deadliest mass shooting on a military installation in the U.S. since the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 — was a mystery, investigators said. Mayor Vincent Gray said there was no indication it was a terrorist attack, but he added that the possibility had not been ruled out.
Minnesotans who want liquor stores to open on Sundays said it’s about convenience, but opponents argued at a Senate committee hearing Monday that many liquor stores don’t want to increase costs by opening for another day.
Minnesota Democrats shifted their focus Thursday to the field of candidates who could run in place of a state lawmaker involved in a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy at a rest stop, one day after Rep. Kerry Gauthier said he would drop his re-election bid.