Booze bill gives House a shot at repealing Sunday sales ban

Published 9:31 am Tuesday, April 28, 2015

ST. PAUL — Proponents of scrapping the state’s long-standing ban on Sunday liquor sales have one more shot this year.

The House was set to take up a bill this afternoon that makes more limited changes to the ban. It would allow craft brewers to sell 64-ounce growlers of beer on Sundays and let bars sell booze at 8 a.m. on Sunday.

But lawmakers could force the issue of a broader repeal with an amendment. A similar effort failed in the Senate earlier this month but it gave proponents hope. Eight senators switched to vote in favor of doing away with the ban.

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Minnesota is one of just 12 states that still ban Sunday sales. Opponents say a seventh day of sales wouldn’t bring extra business to liquor stores.