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Bill would allow earlier liquor sales on Sunday

A swig, anyone?

You may soon be able to buy liquor early Sunday morning.

The Senate has adopted an amendment that would allow alcohol retailers to restock or sell liquor between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sunday.

Sen. Frank Antenori, a Republican from Tucson, successfully persuaded his colleagues to support the policy change on April 1.

He said a fiscal note shows that allowing four more hours of liquor sales generates about $450,000 in revenue a year.

Retail liquor stores cannot sell between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays, and between 2 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sundays.

In short, Sunday has an extra four-hour prohibition.

The additional sale and revenue the amendment would generate occurs because people on weekends buy more alcohol than they do during the week, according to Antenori.

“You figure people are on their way home. Maybe they are going to church, maybe they are coming home from church, maybe they are going out on Sundays – who knows?” he said. “They stop by Fry’s or whatever and they buy wine or they stock up … for the following week.”

Antenori said he doesn’t see any difference between Sunday, which is traditionally set aside as a religious day, and other days of the week.

Even those who go to church may want the chance to buy on Sunday, he said.

“Sometimes I do 8 o’clock mass. You get out by about 9 o’clock. On the way home, you buy some wine,” he said.

Rep. Matt Heinz, a Democrat from Tucson, has a similar bill, but H2552 has so far failed to reach the floor for a vote.

The amendment also would allow mini-bars at motels and hotels to be restocked.

Currently, a mini-bar cannot restock liquor between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. on weekdays and between 1 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The bill, S2143, is now headed to the Senate for a third reading.

2 comments

  1. Senator Antenori thinks raising taxes is bad but promoting alcoholism is good? It’s appropriate this was done on April 1, Antenori is certainly a fool.

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