Lawmakers mount new push against Sunday liquor ban

March 6, 2014 • Business

Sen. Roger Reinert, right, of Duluth, and Rep. Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie, unveiled new plans to repeal the Sunday prohibition of liquor sales in Minnesota during a news conference at the state Capitol, Thursday, March 6, 2014, in St. Paul, Minn. Many mom-and-pop liquor stores oppose Sunday sales because they say it forces them for competitive reasons to be open a seventh day of the week without increasing profits. Their lobbying has been influential in keeping the ban in place. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota lawmakers hoping to lift the state’s decades-old law that forces liquor stores to be closed on Sunday are introducing a range of compromises that would soften the ban, as well as the option to fully repeal it.

A Democratic state senator and Republican representative teamed up Thursday against a ban that’s grown increasingly unpopular with Minnesota consumers, but which has proven tough to repeal. Many small liquor store owners support the Sunday prohibition, saying it would force them to be open a seventh day of the week for competitive reasons while not substantially increasing weekly profits.

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