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House Approves CT Sunday Liquor Sales Bill

The bill will now go the Senate, according the Hartford Courant.

With a 116-27 vote, the state House of Representatives approved on Thursday night the and three major holidays, according to the Hartford Courant.

Gov. Malloy's broader proposal , bars to remain open until 2 a.m., and liquor stores to stay open until 10 p.m., however, was rejected.

“Tonight, the House voted in favor of one of the most significant changes to our state’s blue laws in recent memory, Malloy said in a statement released by his office. “Under the current law, we lose millions of dollars over the border every Sunday. It’s a bad policy that inconveniences consumers and makes businesses less competitive. But after tonight, there will be an additional 55 days where sales will be permissible. It’s a good first step."

The bill will now go to the Senate and, if approved, will be sent to Malloy's desk for his signature. If approved, stores would be allow to sell liquor for the first time on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Gerald M. Gaynor April 28, 2012 at 12:24 PM
A small victory for consumers is one step closer. We are constantly being told that this archaic restriction on the sale of a legal product has been done for our benefit and/or protection. What many seem incapable of admitting is that if it looks like a Blue Law and restricts conduct like a Blue Law, it doesn't much matter what you call it. If the justification is that Mom and Pop liquor stores will find it to be onerous to be open seven days a week, it isn’t the function of the State Legislature to engage in selective business paternalism. Those who frequent a local Mom and Pop store aren’t likely to suddenly take their trade to a Liquor Mega-Mart because of this legislation. If price and selection were the only criteria, the Mom and Pop stores would have disappeared decades ago. Next we need to address the pricing disparity.
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