Proposed Sunday Liquor Sales Voted Down in MN House

By KBJR News 1

Proposed Sunday Liquor Sales Voted Down in MN House

May 1, 2013 Updated May 2, 2013 at 1:09 AM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - A last minute attempt at proposing Sunday liquor sales in Minnesota was defeated on the House Floor Wednesday afternoon.

The amendment to the Omnibus Liquor bill, authored by Representative Tina Liebling (DFL-Rochester), would have allowed liquor stores open on Sundays.

The amendment, similar to measures introduced by Sen. Roger Reinert (DFL-Duluth), have been brought up several times over the past few years, but have never gone far.

Discussion on the floor today came down to businesses versus consumers and who wants what.

"This is about consumers, it's about letting liquor stores operate the same way other retailers operate and that is they make their own decision for their own business about what days they want to be open," said Rep. Liebling.

"Liquor stores simply don't want this. Maybe some larger ones do, but your mom and pop liquor stores all over Minnesota do not want this. They are not the ones asking for this amendment," said Rep. Kurt Daudt, House Minority Leader.

Rep. Libeling said even if a state law allowed liquor stores to be open on Sundays, municipalities would still have the option to impose their own restrictions.

The House voted down the amendment 106 to 21.

Minnesota is one of 12 states that do not allow Sunday liquor sales.

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