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Connecticut House OKs Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. – Connecticut may become the 49th state in the nation to allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays after the state House passed a bill Thursday evening to amend Connecticut Blue Laws. The state Senate has not yet passed its own bill to do the same.

The House voted 116-27 to pass a bill that would allow retail sales of alcohol from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays.

“Under the current law, we lose millions of dollars over the border every Sunday,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement. “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.”

Malloy went on to say he believed there’s more to be done to make package stores consumer friendly, adding that he was “encouraged” that the legislature plans to take up the issue for consideration.

“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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