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Legislature Approves Sunday Liquor Sales

A new bill will soon end Connecticut's ban on Sunday liquor sales.

Pretty soon Connecticut residents will be able to buy liquor on Sundays without having to cross state lines into neighboring New York or Massachusetts to do so. The Connecticut State Senate approved a bill ending the state's ban on Sunday liquor sales Tuesday evening, according to the Connecticut Mirror; the Connecticut House of Representatives already approved the bill last week. 

Shortly after the bill's approval by the state senate Tuesday evening, Gov. Malloy released a statement pledging to sign the bill shortly, but said he felt there was more the legislature could do to lower the state's liquor prices. 

“Once I sign this bill, Indiana will be the only state in the nation to ban Sunday Sales. It’s a measure that’s long past due and a good first step to making our state’s package stores more consumer friendly," Malloy said in a statement. “Our current laws have cost Connecticut businesses millions of dollars as consumers have flocked over our borders in search of more convenient hours and lower prices. "Like many other initiatives I’ve put forward since taking office, this bill has a simple focus: making Connecticut competitive once again. But as I said just a few days ago when the House passed this bill, I continue to believe there’s more we can do to lower the cost to consumers in our state. I look forward to the study proposed by the legislature. It’s a good first step and one that I hope lays the foundation for future action. This much is clear – the more we can lower prices for consumers, the more competitive our businesses will be." 

According to the Connecticut Mirror, the bill allows liquor permittees to sell  alcohol from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, as well as on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day, and on Mondays following a Christmas or New Year's Day holiday that falls on a Sunday. 

Mark May 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
No, I do however work six days. I'm not much for drinking but when I do it is on football sundays and I don't always plan ahead. Being able to buy a sixer on Sunday would work for folks like myself, though I understand what you mean that they would have to pay for that employee to be there..But there _is_ alot of business conducted in liquor sales on Sundays now they just aren't legally recorded ones! lol. (I know of two "bootleggers" myself) I grew up in Danbury and I remember my dad going to Brewster on many a Sunday to buy beer. We won't know till it starts happening, I hope for the best for the small business owner.
Mark May 02, 2012 at 09:52 PM
@ Darrell .....The Rajeesh and Sari comment? No sir not at all. Rajeesh and his wife own and operate a Packie here in Milford near where I work. Hahaha and Rajeesh will be the FIRST to tell you that there are more Indian and Pakistani owned liquor stores than not! Nothing racist about it..go ahead and shop around.
Darrell Lucas May 03, 2012 at 12:59 AM
OK that's good. I guess the only package stores I have been in have Caucasians and Asians.
Colin May 03, 2012 at 05:22 PM
In 2009, 23,000 US deaths were alcohol-induced and 36,000 were motor vehicle accidents (cdc.gov). So following your logic... Did you know that cars have killed and ruined more peoples lives than any other transportation method out there? There are more drivers in this country than all modes of transportation combined. Walking, riding a bike or flying a plane can't even come close to driving cars. Shouldn't we as a responsible society be trying to limit this instead of expanding it? Dannel Malloy is catering to his car dealing buddies and making it easier to sell their cars. This is what we've come to. Dannels motto is "Times are tough so, drive recklessly". The problem isn't the sale of alcohol (or cars) but rather the people who use/consume them. In a responsible society, people would drink responsibly. The current ban on Sunday sales is doing two things - driving responsible people out-of-state to purchase alcohol and forcing irreponsible people to go to the local pub, drink there, and then drive home. This legislation will keep the money within the state and give the drunks the ability to drink at home instead of driving home from the bars drunk.
Colin May 03, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Gas prices can be slightly reduce by the state (especially when it comes to taxes), but it's impossible for them to stabilize the price long-term because there are so many external forces out of CT's control (the economy, oil markets, sanctions, speculation, value of the dollar, etc).

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