S.B. 82 Passes Senate; Legislation Moves to House for Consideration

DENVER, CO – Colorado is one step closer to becoming the 35th state in the nation to allow Sunday liquor sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council (DISCUS), which today praised the Senate passage of S.B. 82 which would repeal the state’s outdated Blue Law. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga, passed the Senate by a vote of 23 to 8 and now moves to the House for consideration.

“It’s outrageous that a 1930s-era law has kept me from opening my doors on Sundays,” said Jeanne McEvoy, owner of Aspen Leaf Liquor, a retail store in Loveland, Colorado near Rocky Mountain National Park.  “Being so close to the mountains, our store is frequented by many tourists who are baffled by this ridiculous law.  It’s a major imposition for them and a huge money-loser for me.”

Thirty-four states across the country allow Sunday sales of distilled spirits. Colorado would join neighboring states, Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming in allowing Sunday spirits sales.

“With the 75th anniversary of Prohibition Repeal upon us, it’s time for Colorado to bring its alcohol laws into the 21st Century,” said DISCUS Vice President Dale Szyndrowski, noting that twelve states have passed legislation repealing Sunday alcohol bans since 2002.  “Sunday sales bans do a disservice to consumers and deprive states of much-needed retail sales and tax revenue.”

Szyndrowski pointed out that year-round Sunday Sales of distilled spirits in Colorado would lead to an estimated retailer revenue impact range of $23 to $32 million and between $1.8 and $2.6 million for the state in additional sales tax revenue.

Szyndrowski added that Colorado would be well-served to enact Sunday sales in time for Denver to host the Democratic National Convention, when thousands of people from all over the country will be visiting the state.