Minnesota Senate Passes Sunday Sales Bill

Minnesota Republicans have spent several years trying to pass a Sunday Sales bill.


ST. PAUL, Minn — Sunday sales went through the Minnesota Senate Monday morning in its final stage to remove a law banning the sale of liquor on Sunday’s.

The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 to pass Sunday Sales in Minnesota.

The Minnesota House voted 85-45 to approve Sunday Sales bill on February 20.

As reported by Alpha News, the new law would allow liquor stores to operate on Sunday’s from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Off-sale retailers would not be allowed to deliver alcohol on Sunday’s.

Republicans have tried for several years to pass the bill without success. Now with a majority in the House and Senate, Republicans seek to pass Sunday liquor sales.

During debate on the floor, Sen. Dan Schoen (D – St. Paul Park) sought to amend the bill by adding a clause which would remove a ban on Sunday auto sales.

Several lawmakers from out-of-state Minnesota stood on the floor asking lawmakers to reconsider voting no on the bill. The argument remained the same for Republicans and Democrats who rose in opposition, stating big box stores would run smaller shops out of business.

Governor Mark Dayton has said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.  

Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.