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SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES PASSES MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE AS PART OF ECONOMIC STIMULUS BILL

November 19, 2003 07:00 PM
BOSTON, November 19, 2003 – The Distilled Spirits Council today commended the Massachusetts legislature for including Sunday alcohol sales as part of the economic stimulus bill, calling the move “a resounding vote for a more consumer-friendly marketplace in Massachusetts.” “Massachusetts is about to become the sixth state in the last 18 months to do away with this antiquated Blue law,” said David Wojnar, Distilled Spirits Council Vice President. “States are realizing that Sunday sales make sense in a 21st Century economy. Modernizing the marketplace by allowing Sunday sales will bring consumers more convenience and the state more tax revenue.” As part of the economic stimulus bill, package stores throughout the state will be permitted to open on Sunday all year round once approved by local licensing authorities. Currently, package stores in Massachusetts are permitted to open on the Sunday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, or year-round if they are located within 10 miles of the New Hampshire and Vermont borders. The bill now goes to the Governor for approval. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. Located in Washington, D.C., DISCUS is led by Dr. Peter H. Cressy, the former Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth. CONTACT: Frank Coleman or Lisa Hawkins Telephone: 202-682-8840 SCROLLER Publication Name: Publication Author:
 

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