RHODE ISLAND LIQUOR STORES CAN OPEN SUNDAY, JULY 4 — Governor Signs Year-Round Sunday Sales Law, Joinng National Trend
PROVIDENCE – Starting this Sunday, Rhode Island consumers can now buy spirits seven days a week, year-round, following a new law supported by the Distilled Spirits Council and signed into law Monday by Gov. Donald L. Carcieri. “Starting on the July 4th holiday, Rhode Island consumers will have the added convenience of buying spirits products on Sunday – the second-busiest shopping day of the week for Rhode Islanders,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter Cressy. “This ensures that business and tax revenue stay in Rhode Island instead of crossing borders to other states.” Rhode Island moved last year to allow Sunday spirits sales during the December holiday season, a test that proved popular with consumers. The year-round Sunday sales law, which was sponsored by Rep. Todd Brien (D-Woonsocket) and Sen. Roger Badeau (D-Woonsocket), will generate up to $1.5 million in new tax revenue for the state, according to economic analysis by the Distilled Spirits Council. The move also keeps Rhode Island’s small businesses competitive with Massachusetts, which voted late last year to allow year-round Sunday sales. – Rhode Island Joins 30 Other States that Allow Sunday Sales – “This new law is part of a national trend toward modernizing the beverage alcohol marketplace and providing consumers with more convenience and choices,” Cressy said. “Other states with new Sunday sales laws have experienced great success, and now Rhode Island’s consumers will soon see the same benefits.” Among the other states that have recently rolled back Prohibition-era Sunday sales bans are Delaware, Idaho, Kansas, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia.