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House OKs liquor bill without repeal of Sunday ban

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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

ST. PAUL - The Minnesota House passed a liquor measure Thursday that did not take on the issue of repealing the state’s ban on liquor stores operating on Sundays.

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The bill would allow microbrewery taprooms to get Sunday on-sale liquor licenses if authorized by municipal authorities. It does not authorize the sale of bottled “growlers” for takeaway on Sundays.

The bill would allow Hennepin County authorities to approve a 4 a.m. closing time for bars and restaurants on the Monday and Tuesday night of Major League Baseball’s 2014 All-Star Game festivities. It also would remove the expiration date on the University of Minnesota’s ability to sell beer at TCF Bank Stadium.

The liquor provisions were amended onto a gambling bill. The bill was adopted 120-10.

The action comes after the defeat Tuesday in the Senate of an attempted repeal of the Sunday liquor store ban. Social conservatives have opposed the repeal on moral grounds, and a liquor store trade group has argued that being open Sundays would add to their costs without significantly increasing sales.

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