Bill: Sunday liquor sales would be up to local governments

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An Eden Prairie lawmaker plans to propose a bill this session that would allow municipalities in Minnesota to decide if liquor can be sold on Sundays.

According to the Star Tribune, Deputy House Minority Leader Jenifer Loon said Monday that leaving the decision up to local governments will restore freedom and local control while making Minnesota more competitive.

Last month, Gov. Mark Dayton said he would sign a bill allowing Sunday liquor sales should the state Legislature pass a measure in 2014.

Minnesota is one of only 12 states that bans liquor stores from selling products on Sundays.

A poll released by Public Policy Polling in May found 62 percent of Minnesotans supported Sunday alcohol sales and only 31 percent were opposed.

The Associated Press noted that those opposed to Sunday sales include independent liquor store owners who want to be closed one day a week without worrying about competitors.

The state House overwhelmingly defeated a proposal for Sunday liquor sales last year by a vote of 106-21, keeping intact a law that dates back to 1895.

The next session begins Feb. 25.

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