Sunday liquor sales bill clears final hurdle, headed to Governor Dayton’s desk

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On Thursday, March 2, the Minnesota House of Representatives re-passed House File 30, a bill that will legalize the sale of alcohol from retail establishments on Sundays. Having passed the House and the Senate, the bill is now headed to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton, who has said he will sign it into law.

Both the House and Senate passed versions of the legislation in recent weeks, but the bills differed on the hours of operation for liquor retailers on Sundays. Instead of taking the legislation to conference committee to settle the discrepancy, the House bill’s author, Rep. Jenifer Loon (R–Eden Prairie), chose to amend House File 30 to concur with the Senate’s version, which sets the hours at 11am–6pm. That amended bill was then re-passed by the House in an 88-39 vote. If signed by the governor, the law will go into effect on July 1, 2017, making July 2 the first Sunday Minnesotans will be able to purchase alcohol from a liquor store since Prohibition.

“I am excited that after four years of championing Sunday Sales legislation, we are finally changing an outdated law which has been in place since statehood,” Rep. Jenifer Loon (R-Eden Prairie), who chief authored the bill, said in a press release. “Thanks to a strong grassroots effort by Minnesotans who advocated for this change and contacted their legislators, 2017 is the year we finally change this outdated law and allow liquor stores to serve their customers on Sundays.”

 
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Keith Grauman is the web editor at The Growler. When he's not drinking beer at work, he can be found homebrewing, reading comics or playing with his kids in the front yard of his south Minneapolis home.