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Lawmakers Mount New Push Against Sunday Liquor Ban

Created: 03/06/2014 11:40 AM KAALtv.com

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A Democratic state senator and Republican representative are offering fellow legislators a range of different routes to what they say is an inevitable destination: repeal of Minnesota's prohibition on Sunday liquor sales.

Democrat Roger Reinert of Duluth and Republican Jenifer Loon of Eden Prairie are teaming up to weaken or scrap the ban. They laid out their strategy at a press conference Thursday.

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.

Reinert and Loon are offering several half-steps. One proposal would allow Sunday beer sales at tap rooms and breweries. Another would delegate the decision to local governments.

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