The Distilled Spirits Council today applauded the Minnesota legislature for voting to end a Prohibition-era ban on Sunday alcohol sales and urged Governor Mark Dayton to sign legislation that would make Minnesota the 39th state to allow Sunday sales.

“The Minnesota legislature today voted to end one of the last remnants of Prohibition,” said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Dale Szyndrowski.  “Lawmakers stepped up to end this outdated Blue Law and we urge the Governor to finally lift the ban.

“Minnesota consumers want a modern marketplace that allows alcohol sales on Sunday – just like in neighboring states.  Let’s make those attending next year’s Super Bowl buy from local businesses and invest their tax dollars in Minnesota, instead of making a trip across the border,” added Szyndrowski.

According to an economic analysis, statewide Sunday sales of alcohol in Minnesota could generate between $10.8 and $15.1 million in new tax revenues for the state.  In addition, Sunday sales would increase Minnesota sales volume by an estimated 5 to 7 percent annually, which translates to $81.8 to $114.5 million in new retail sales.

Since 2002, 17 states have passed Sunday sales legislation bringing the total to 39 states across the country.