BOSTON, November 6, 2003 – The Distilled Spirits Council commended the Massachusetts State Senate today for passing an economic stimulus bill (SB 2127) that includes a provision ending the ban on statewide Sunday alcohol sales, providing an immediate boost to the state’s economy and increased convenience for consumers. “Massachusetts is one step closer to a modern, consumer-friendly marketplace,” said Peter Cressy, President of the Distilled Spirits Council. “Allowing package stores to open on Sunday will provide consumers with convenient shopping, the state with more tax revenue and small businesses with more opportunities.” Among its provisions, SB 2127, will permit package stores throughout the state to open on Sunday all year round. Currently, package stores in Massachusetts are permitted to open on the Sunday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, or year-round if they are located within 10 miles of the New Hampshire and Vermont borders. The bill will be forwarded to a Conference Committee with further action expected next week. The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is the national trade association representing producers and marketers of distilled spirits sold in the United States. Located in Washington, D.C., DISCUS is led by Dr. Peter H. Cressy, the former Chancellor of UMass Dartmouth.