The decades-old ban on Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota is back up for discussion at the State Capitol. Attempts in recent years to lift the ban have proven unsuccessful, though some restrictions have loosened, such as a 2015 provision allowing breweries to sell growlers on Sundays.
There are competing interests on both sides of the debate. On the anti-repeal side are groups like the Minnesota Licensed Beverage Association (MLBA), an organization that represents its member liquor retailers in the state, and the Minnesota Municipal Beverage Association, which represents municipal-owned liquor stores.
With a Sunday sales bill clearing the House Commerce Committee and on its way to the House floor for a vote on Feb. 20, The Growler reached out to leaders on both sides of the debate to make their best cases for their respective positions.
— The Growler Magazine (@growlermag) February 17, 2017
On the pro-repeal side is Rep. Jenifer Loon (R–Eden Prairie), the chief author of the repeal bill moving through the state legislature. On the anti-repeal side is Tony Chesak, executive director of the MLBA.