Other Alcohol-Related Bills.

Author:Morton, Heather

Besides adding to the list of places where you can drink, some state legislators are also changing the days and times when you can buy alcohol. This year, Delaware allowed retailers who sell alcohol for off-premise consumption to begin sales at 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of noon. Minnesota authorized off-premise consumption sales on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Before this year, the state prohibited Sunday sales altogether. The effort to authorize Sunday sales was several years in the making: "I am excited that after four years of championing Sunday sales legislation, we are finally changing an outdated law which has been in place since statehood," Representative Jenifer Loon (R), the chief author of the bill, said.

The North Carolina General Assembly enacted the so-called "Brunch Bill." Among other things, the bill allows local governments to adopt an ordinance allowing for the sale of malt beverages, unfortified wine, fortified wine and mixed beverages beginning at 10 a.m. on Sundays, instead of noon. When the bill passed the Senate, Senator Bill Cook (R) questioned its potential public health impacts. "Will there be a downside?" he asked. "Will there be more drunks? Will there be...

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