Sunday sales in Minnesota? The arguments for and against

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The Minnesota State Capitol // The Growler file photo

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.

On the pro-repeal side are grassroots organizations like the Minnesota Beer Activists and a majority of Minnesota consumers.

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.

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.

Click the links below to read their op-eds and then let us know what you think on Facebook or Twitter.

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Op-ed: This is the year to repeal Minnesota’s Sunday sales ban

Op-ed: Sunday sales will mean less choice and less main street local retailers

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