I can remember Blue Laws when they really were in effect. Anyone living in New England 25 years ago will remember nothing being open on Sunday. Nothing. You couldn’t get a lot of things. Today you can get just about anything. Connecticut joins the ranks of the modern age as it took a major step toward becoming the 49th state to allow Sunday alcohol sales. The Senate voted on Tuesday to allow liquor stores to sell beer, wine and spirits any day of the week.
On Tuesday, the Connecticut Senate passed a bill that would allow liquor stores and supermarkets to sell alcohol from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. The state expects to see about $5.2 million in new annual revenue.
“It’s a measure that’s long past due and a good first step to making our state’s package stores more consumer friendly,” Gov. Dannel 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,” he said.
Malloy’s signature will leave Indiana as the only state in the country to ban all alcohol sales on Sunday (some states only allow beer and/or wine sales), said Frank Coleman, spokesman for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.