An attempt at the state Legislature to end the ban on Sunday liquor sales in the state — a perennial effort that seemed to have some momentum this year — may have gone flat.
State Sen. Roger Reinert, a DFLer from Duluth, has been a big supporter of the bill to overturn the ban because many Duluth residents head to Wisconsin on Sundays to buy their beer and liquor. But he told the Duluth News Tribune that chances this legislative session are looking dim:
Anything is possible, but at this point I would guess I’m pessimistic about a full repeal happening this session. We’re (at) second deadline and it hasn’t had a hearing in either the House or the Senate.”
He expects there still will be efforts to repeal the ban on the House and Senate floors, even without committee approvals.
Many in the liquor lobby oppose Sunday sales, saying they’d have to be open an extra day and they’d likely sell the same amount in seven days as they do in six. Others, though, would welcome the chance to open for another day of sales, and say those who want to take Sunday off still could.
There has been some liquor action at the Capitol, the paper said, as committees consider allowing bloody Mary drinks to be sold at 8 a.m. Sundays instead of the current 10 a.m., and allowing beer-filled growlers to be sold on Sundays.