DELAWARE GOVERNOR SIGNS INTO LAW SUNDAY ALCOHOL SALES BILL – DE becomes 25th state to roll back archaic Blue Laws
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Starting this weekend, Delaware liquor stores will be able to open on Sundays under an historic law signed today by Delaware Governor Ruth Ann Minner, according to a coalition of beverage alcohol businesses supporting the change. “Finally after years of inconvenience, Delaware consumers, tourists and retailers are no longer shackled by this antiquated Blue Law,” said Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the trade association for the nation’s distillers supporting the change. “Busy adult consumers can now buy their alcohol products when it fits into their schedules, which for most working adults includes Sunday.” The law, which goes into effect immediately — makes Delaware the 25th state – and the third in the past two years – to allow Sunday liquor sales at retail outlets. Last year, two other states — Pennsylvania and Oregon — passed laws permitting Sunday sales of liquor and a number of other states including New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Washington are reconsidering eliminating their Blue Laws as a way to raise much needed revenue without having to raise taxes. According to an economic analysis by economist, William R. Latham of the University of Delaware, Sunday alcohol sales in Delaware are expected to generate up to $2 million in new tax revenue for the state. Cressy noted that Pennsylvania and Oregon are already seeing an immediate boost to state tax revenues since opening their doors on Sundays. The legislation was supported by an industry coalition consisting of the Delaware Package Store Association, the Distilled Spirits Council and local beer, wine and spirits wholesalers. “A toast to Delaware for finally ending this Depression-era law and allowing retailers to operate like every other business in this 21st century economy,” said Cressy.