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Duluth Senator latest to try to repeal no liquor sales on Sundays law

If the Packers win we may all need a drink

The bill won’t help anyone out who is throwing a party for this year’s Super Bowl, but it’s an early start on next year.

Sen. Roger Reinert, DFL-Duluth, is the latest politician to try to repeal Minnesota’s so-called Blue Law that bans the sale of liquor on Sundays. Reinert said the out dated law puts the state at an economic disadvantage, especially with towns near the Wisconsin border.

“Wisconsin already got a win with the Packers going to the Super Bowl, why give them another win with Minnesota tax dollars?” Reinert said in a release.

A study done by the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (so take that for what it’s worth) determined that purchases made by Minnesotans driving to the Dairy State make up nearly 4 percent of Wisconsin’s taxed liquor sales each year. The bill would allow stores who want to stay closed on Sundays to remain closed, but give others the choice to open, Reinert said.

Minnesota is one of 14 states that forbids liquor sales on Sunday.

“Sunday liquor sale laws are remnants of a bygone era that no longer make sense in a 21st Century world,” Reinert said.

One comment

  1. If I can drive to a bar, buy liquor by the glass and drive back home with a snootfull on Sunday, why shouldn’t I also be able to drive to a liquor store, buy a bottle of liquor and take it back home to get quietly and safely sozzled?

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