The Distilled Spirits Council today urged the House to pass legislation eliminating the state’s Blue Laws, stating Sunday liquor sales would bring the state much needed revenue and added consumer convenience. “Prohibition-era Blue Laws have no place in today’s marketplace,” said Distilled Spirits Council President Peter H. Cressy. “More and more states are looking to roll back these aged Blue Laws to bring consumers more shopping convenience while at the same time increasing revenues for state coffers.” Under Senate Bill 41, passed yesterday by the Senate and sent to the House, Delaware liquor stores would have the option of opening for business on Sunday. News reports indicate Gov. Ruth Ann Minner will sign the bill if it is passes the legislature. Cressy pointed out that Delaware is surrounded on all sides by states (MD, PA, NJ) that permit Sunday liquor sales resulting in many residents and tourists crossing state lines to purchase their spirits, beer and wine products. “At a time when Delaware is facing a huge budget shortfall, Sunday sales could help liquor stores and the state’s economy by restoring some of the economic activity lost from cross border sales,” Cressy said. Cressy noted that with the majority of today’s families comprised of dual income adults, Sunday has become the second busiest shopping day of the week. “It is unfortunate that in 2003, Delaware consumers are still prisoners to these archaic Blue Laws,” stated Cressy. Delaware is just one of a number of states including New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Washington that are reconsidering their Blue Laws. Last year, Pennsylvania and Oregon, passed laws permitting Sunday sales of liquor, bringing the number of states that permit Sunday sales of liquor to 24. “The Distilled Spirits Council worked to pass this legislation in Oregon and Pennsylvania and early reports indicate revenues are up. We believe Delaware would see the same benefits,” said Cressy pointing out the Council is part of a Delaware coalition in support of Sunday sales including the Delaware Package Store Association and the Delaware Wholesalers Association. Cressy stated extending sales of liquor one more day of the week is a responsible and innovative way for states to raise much-needed revenues without further increasing taxes on responsible alcohol consumers. Further, an analysis of government data on alcohol-related fatalities shows no statistical difference in states that allow Sunday liquor sales compared to those that do not.