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Bill would let Texas liquor stores open on Sundays

March 24, 2009 08:00 PM

Texans might be able to frequent their favorite liquor stores on Sundays.
State Rep. Roland Gutierrez, D-San Antonio, wants to see Sunday liquor sales to boost the state’s revenue during difficult economic times without increasing sales taxes or property taxes.
"It is an opportunity for us to open up our economy," Gutierrez said. "Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week."
Currently, liquor stores can be open Monday through Saturday but not Sundays. Grocery and convenience stores can sell beer and wine after noon on Sundays.
"This is an attempt to do away with the antiquated, Draconian blue laws. It’s hypocritical to say you can go to the grocery stores on Sundays, but you can’t go to the liquor stores," Gutierrez said.
Another bill calls for liquor stores along the Texas-Mexico border to remain open on Sundays. Gutierrez said liquor store owners there say people are buying their booze in Mexico.
Pro and con
Several states now allow Sunday liquor sales, and legislation is pending in Connecticut, Minnesota and Indiana.

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