Report: Malloy to Propose Sunday Liquor Sales

According to CTNewsJunkie, the governor is expected to announce a proposal on Saturday backing the idea.

Update 2:20 p.m.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced in a press release he will hold a news conference at the Enfield Town Hall on Saturday where he will announce legislative proposals updating Connecticut's Blue Laws.

The press conference is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. CTNewsJunkie.com had previously reported that the governor is scheduled to announce his backing for Sunday liquor sales and an extension for hours on how late bars can stay open.

Original Story:

The news website CTNewsJunkie.com is reporting that Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is expected to announce on Saturday that he wants to allow package stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.

The article, written by Editor Christine Stuart, also states the governor is proposing other changes, including allowing package stores to be open until 10 p.m.

Click here for the full report by CTNewsJunkie.com.

The concept of Sunday liquor sales has been debated on and off in recent years and a proposal to enact it in The General Assembly died last year.

E Twig January 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Malloy changed the law on marijuana,now he wants to change the law on alcohol. I wonder who he is catering too. People go to the other states because it is cheaper . Just like gasoline. A supermarket on Sunday will not put another checker to sell beer, they will just leave the shades up but the package store owner will have to put himself or an employee to be open or lose the sale. I don't think this will stop the other people from going out of state alcohol they go because it cheaper.
Kevin O'Connor January 15, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Who is forcing them to stay open? It is simply making it legal to be open on Sunday. There's plenty of businesses that have the potential to be open every day but do close one a week (restaurants, bakeries, etc.) It's not the government's job to regulate a business's schedule. It's not their job to say that all liquor store employes get Sunday off. That's none of their business and not even the reason the law is there in the first place. Yes, you can argue that if a liquor store remains closed on a day that they will lose business during the rest of week, and while that may be true, it's again not the government's job to preclude that. It's up to the managers and owners of these stores to evaluate their sales and sale patterns and determine the best way to operate their business. Businesses need to be able to adapt to the laws and their customers. The law has long been debated to be removed since it's outdated and not in line with neighboring states. Also you argument that they will be in the hole $26,000 is not exactly accurate considering that you did not take into account any sales on Sunday. Either you said no one will bother buying on Sunday or that the current weekly liquor sales would just distribute throughout the week. Regardless, you didn't take into account people that currently travel out of state on Sundays for liquor sales. And like you said, they only need an additional $500 in revenue per week (and 50 hours of labor for one day must be a big store).
Marcia Puc January 15, 2012 at 07:24 PM
It's up to each business how they want to operate. If they want to close on Sundays, fine. As a consumer, I always thought it odd that I did not even have an option to purchase alcohol on a Sunday because of an archaic law. There have been many times when I would have purchased on a Sunday, but could not. (i.e. a last minute get together and I have no beer in the house or I feel like making margaritas, but don't have tequila). And, I don't live close enough to the border to make it worth the ride.
JM January 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
While I agree that changing the alcohol Sunday law is long overdue, reading between the lines tells me this has everything to do with bringing in more tax revenue to the bloated government that is CT. And it will not work. Anyone who lives near Massachusetts will continue to go over the border to buy their alcohol tax free. And I don't blame them. We are taxed to death in this state and for what? The privilege of living between Boston and New York? I don't get it.
Tom January 23, 2012 at 02:07 AM
How is it Republicans who have made deregulation a constant refrain all of a sudden don't like it when a Democrat does it? This deregulation of the Connecticut liquor industry is the quintessential Republican cause - an industry lobbying group (DISCUS) for a large industry (distilled spirits, beer and commodity wine) cooking up numbers ($570 Million in missed revenue) to justify gutting an industry held by small business (mom & pop package stores)in favor of big business (Costco and many more to come). If you are really Republican you should be celebrating. If you are a garden variety talk radio dimwit, chances are you'll just complain about Malloy and liberals, and take the opposite stance, even if it means completely contradicting your alleged political beliefs.


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