ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota Senate panel has moved the state one step closer to legalizing Sunday liquor sales.

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill earlier this week that would repeal the ban. It’s an historic turn in lawmakers’ long struggle to change the decades-old law.

But the Senate has long been regarded as a tougher hurdle in advocates’ push to repeal the Sunday sales ban. The Senate Commerce Committee approved a bill on a 7-4 vote Wednesday.

The bill still must pass the full Senate floor. It’s unclear when that may come up for a final vote.

Gov. Mark Dayton has said he’ll sign a bill legalizing Sunday sales. Minnesota is one of just 12 states that prevents liquor stores from opening on Sundays.

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Comments (2)
  1. Tim Neumann says:

    Finally, another antiqued law soon off the books. I hope they put as much effort into getting the our driver’s licenses compliance with ReadID requirements. Otherwise the cost of a passports, at 180 a pop, adds up.

  2. Why not Sundays? Because that is what big box retail wants. They want to kill small business. Why not Sundays? Because it has been proven in many states that it brings forth NO more profit whatsoever into taxes/economy, only into big corporations hell bent on making a few more pennies on the backs of low paid workers Why not Sundays? Because it has also been proven that states that sell on Sunday have more DUI deaths, more underage consumption, more problems with substance abuse….Why not Sundays? Colorado recently allowed Sunday sales. Over 200 small businesses died, no extra alcohol tax fell into the coffers. Why not Sundays? Think about who is pushing for Sunday sales…yes it is a convince for the consumer who has Monday off.. However, the real people who are spending millions to push Sunday sales are the big box store such as Walmart, Target & every other big grocery that wants to sell “real” beer and booze in their store with out that divided wall (store next door). It is the first step big box stores are taking to control the millions in booze sales across the state of MN. Why not Sunday sales? Quite frankly I want the day off and you are not gonna shop in my store on Sunday anyway. Please help the local Brewery/ distilleries/taprooms & visit them on Sunday.