A Senate committee easily and unanimously approved legislation Wednesday to allow grocery, convenience, and liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.
This is the first time such legislation has ever advanced in the Senate.
Public Policy Committee Chair Ron Alting is the author of the Sunday sales bill. He says a key to its passage is support from both grocery and liquor stores – the first time those groups have ever agreed on the subject. Alting also stresses he doesn’t want any changes to the measure.
“In the past, it has been we have been too restrictive to the entities that it affects. We have tried to do certain things of putting alcohol behind counters in big box [stores] and a separate person to ring it up and all kinds of obstacles that quite honestly just didn’t go over well.”
The bill simply allows stores that sell alcohol six days of the week to sell it on Sundays – from noon to 8 pm. The measure now heads to the full Senate.