Connecticut to become 49th state to sell alcohol on Sunday

HARTFORD, Conn Tue May 1, 2012 7:20pm EDT

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HARTFORD, Conn (Reuters) - Connecticut took a major step toward becoming the 49th state to allow Sunday alcohol sales when the Senate voted on Tuesday to allow liquor stores to sell beer, wine and spirits any day of the week.

Governor Dannel Malloy pledged to sign the bill that passed the Senate on a 28-6 vote following similar approval by the House. He said such sales would help Connecticut hang onto dollars that had been flowing on Sundays to neighboring Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York.

Malloy's signature will leave Indiana as the only state in the country to ban all alcohol sales on Sunday, said Frank Coleman, spokesman for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

"Our current laws have cost Connecticut businesses millions of dollars as consumers have flocked over our borders in search of more convenient hours and lower prices," Malloy said in a statement.

(Writing by Barbara Goldberg; ; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Sonorama wrote:
About damn time.

May 01, 2012 8:12pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Dave476538 wrote:
Actually, IN already allows beer sales from their microbrews, and wine sales from their wineries since roughly the middle of 2011.

May 02, 2012 8:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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