Liquor sales ban on Minnesota House’s chopping block

Published 10:04 am Monday, February 20, 2017

ST. PAUL — Minnesota could take the first step toward erasing the state’s ban on Sunday liquor sales.

The House was expected to vote Monday on a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. It’s a perennial issue at the Capitol that consumes plenty of attention but has never moved forward.

House Speaker Kurt Daudt said he expects it to easily pass, citing a growing appetite among Minnesota residents to repeal the old Prohibition-era law. But the real hurdle is in the Senate, where more lawmakers still favor the ban.

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Just a vote on the House floor is a sign of massive change at the Capitol. Previous efforts have only cropped up as amendments to bigger bills. Those votes have generally failed by wide margins.