March 02, 2017 07:30 PM
A bill allowing Minnesota liquor sales to open on Sundays is on its way to Gov. Mark Dayton's desk.
The Minnesota House voted overwhelmingly to send the bill to the governor by accepting a version of the bill the Senate passed on Monday. The 88 to 39 margin was even greater than the 85 to 45 vote by the House on its original version of the bill.
The push to legalize Sunday liquor sales goes back years, but it has regularly failed at the Legislature by wide margins. An influx of new, more supportive lawmakers and pressure from Republican House Speaker Kurt Daudt gave it an extra push this year.
"It's time that we change this law bringing Minnesota liquor laws into the the 21st century," said Rep. Jenifer Loon, R-Eden Prairie, the House author of the bill. "Allow Minnesota retailers to serve their Minnesota customers if they choose on Sunday and stop that migration of customers going across the border. Lets keep those revenues and sales in our state."
The House and Senate passed separate bills, but a small difference in how long stores could be open on Sundays held up the bill's final passage. The House agreed with the Senate Thursday to allow stores to open at 11 a.m., instead of the 10 a.m. time originally favored by the House.
Dayton has vowed he won't veto the legislation. He can either sign it into law or allow it to pass into law without his signature after three days. Once it becomes law, liquor stores can open on Sundays starting in July.
The Associated Press contributed to this report
Updated: March 02, 2017 07:30 PM
Created: March 02, 2017 03:54 PM
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