ST.PAUL, MN — Minnesota Republicans have started the 2017-2018 legislative year off rather quickly by introducing measures lost in the last session.
Early Monday morning, Senate Republicans reintroduced the S.F. 33, also known as Sunday sales.
The Sunday sales bill is in reference to Minnesota’s current law that bans the operation of liquor stores on Sunday.
Senate Republicans added language to the current law which states:
“Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a municipality may authorize off-sale licensees or a municipal liquor store under its jurisdiction to make off-sales of intoxicating liquor on any day, provided that no sale may be made before 8:00 a.m. or after 10:00 p.m.”
The new language simply states, despite language indicating Sunday sales to be illegal, a local city or town can institute Sunday sales at its discretion as long as it occurs within the normal business hours of 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.
As reported Alpha News last session, both members of the community and Republican members of the House and Senate were in favor of the Sunday sales bill.
However, efforts by House Republicans were not enough as the bill failed once again.
Introduced this morning, the new bill authored by Sen. Osmek (R-Mound) has already been assigned to the Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy Committee.