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Lawmaker Wants Liquor Store “Blue Law” Repealed

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Rows of tequila bottles. (credit: Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)

Rows of tequila bottles. (credit: Chris Hondros/Newsmakers)

AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) - There’s talk of repealing one of Texas’ last remaining blue laws – having liquor stores closed on Sundays. Tuesday a state Senate Committee is looking into whether that law should change.

Ben Jenkins, with the Distilled Spirits Council, says it’s not like you can’t buy booze on Sunday. “Right now, across Texas, there are already 35,000 locations that sell alcohol every Sunday,” he said.

Jenkins believes allowing liquor sales on Sunday would also provide more tax revenue to the state. Officials with the Legislative Budget Board claim that one additional day of liquor sales could generate an estimated $7.4 million in sales tax revenue over the next two years.

Texas is one of 14 states that still prohibit the sale of liquor on Sundays.

Add in the fact that across the state of Texas there are “wet counties”, those that sell hard liquor, and “dry counties”, those that sell only beer and wine or no alcohol at all, and the bill’s author, State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, believes the state is missing out on a money making opportunity.

Since 2004, more than 350 of 460 counties and cities have voted to repeal “dry” ordinances.

There are those who oppose changing the blue law; including some liquor store owners who say the required extra business day would cost them more money than they’d make.

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