PENNSYLVANIA PASSES BILL PERMITTING SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Legislation permitting some Pennsylvania liquor stores to open on Sundays passed the legislature today, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States. Upon the Governor’s signature, Pennsylvania will become the 24th state to permit Sunday liquor sales and the second state this year to pass this type of legislation. “This is truly a victory for Pennsylvania consumers,” said Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, the trade association for the nation’s distillers supporting the change. “Prohibition-era Blue Laws make no sense in a 21st Century economy. With the majority of today’s families comprised of dual income adults, Sunday has become the second busiest shopping day of the week.” Under the legislation, SB 1365, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board can open up to 10 percent of the state’s 630 liquor stores for spirits sales on Sunday for a two year period. The legislation also allows state stores to conduct spirits and wine tastings. Pennsylvania is one of a growing national trend of states re-examining the rationale behind outdated Sunday sales prohibitions and other Blue Law restrictions as a way to benefit consumers while at the same time raising much needed revenues. Most recently, Oregon passed a law in February permitting Sunday sales of liquor and other states, including New York, Washington and Delaware, are also considering modernizing their Sunday sales laws. The Pennsylvania legislation had broad support, including the Pennsylvania Restaurant Association and the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1776 in Philadelphia, which represents the majority of state Wine and Spirits Shoppe clerks.