On Thursday, the state House of Representatives passed the bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. It now needs Senate approval and the governor's signature to become law.
If it does pass, Indiana would remain the only state to ban the sale of alcohol on Sundays.
“This is great news for Connecticut consumers who will now have the convenience of purchasing alcoholic beverages on Sundays if that is their choice,” State Rep. Peter Villano (D-Hamden) said. “Now, our border town residents won’t have to drive to nearby states to purchase alcohol on Sundays and instead can remain in Connecticut and help our retailers.”
The following is statement from Governor Dannel P. Malloy:
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today released the following statement after House passage of a bill to amend Connecticut’s Blue Laws:
“Tonight, the House voted in favor of one of the most significant changes to our state’s blue laws in recent memory.
“Under the current law, we lose millions of dollars over the border every Sunday. It’s a bad policy that inconveniences consumers and makes businesses less competitive. But after tonight, there will be an additional 55 days where sales will be permissible. It’s a good first step.
“I continue to believe there’s more we can do to make our package stores more consumer friendly. I am encouraged that the legislature will study this issue, a sign I hope that there may be more we can accomplish in the near future. This much is certain - the more we can lower prices for consumers, the more competitive our businesses will be. And the hundreds of millions of dollars our state would recapture will unquestionably benefit our economy.”
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