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DELAWARE LEGISLATURE PASSES SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES BILL -- End to Blue Laws Will Bring Consumers Convenience, State More Revenue --

May 7, 2003 08:00 PM
For the first time since prohibition, Delaware consumers and tourists may soon be able to purchase their liquor, beer and wine at liquor stores on Sundays under legislation passed today by the Delaware legislature, according to a coalition of beverage alcohol businesses supporting the change. “For decades, Delaware consumers and tourists have been inconvenienced by the law keeping liquor stores closed on Sundays,” said Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the trade association for the nation’s distillers supporting the change. “With Sunday now the second busiest shopping day of the week, archaic Blues Laws have no place in our modern society.” The bill, SB 41, which would allow Sunday sales of liquor, beer and wine at Delaware liquor stores, has gone to Governor Minner for her signature. News accounts indicate that the Governor will sign the legislation which will go into effect immediately making Delaware the 25th state – and the third in the past two years – to allow Sunday liquor sales at retail outlets. Last year, two other states, Pennsylvania and Oregon, passed laws permitting Sunday sales of liquor and a number of other states including New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Washington are reconsidering eliminating their Blue Laws as a way to raise much needed revenue without having to raise taxes. According to an economic analysis by economist, William R. Latham of the University of Delaware, Sunday alcohol sales in Delaware is expected to generate up to $2 million in new tax revenue for the state. Cressy noted that Pennsylvania and Oregon are already seeing an immediate boost to state tax revenues since opening their doors on Sundays. The legislation was supported by an industry coalition consisting of the Delaware Package Store Association, the Distilled Spirits Council and local beer, wine and spirits wholesalers. “This legislation will bring a measure of simplicity to harried parents’ lives, more convenience for tourists, increased commerce for Delaware retailers and additional tax revenue for the state,” said Cressy. CONTACT: Frank Coleman or Lisa Hawkins Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:
 

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