On March 3, voters in seven Oklahoma counties overwhelmingly approved the sale of distilled spirits on Sundays, expanding access and consumer convenience in the state.

Texas, however, remains one of only seven states that still bans the retail sale of spirits on Sundays.

“Texans are now surrounded by states like Arkansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Louisiana that allow the sale of spirits on Sundays, but consumers in Texas still can’t buy at their corner liquor store,” said Dale Szyndrowski, vice president of state government relations for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS). “Although Texas repealed most ‘blue laws’ on the books more than three decades ago, the state still bans the retail sale of distilled spirits on Sundays.’’

Texas already allows Sunday sales of all other beverage alcohol for all other retailers, including bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels, and grocery and convenience stores.

“Sunday is the second-busiest shopping day of the week, and it is well past time for Texas to repeal the ban on Sunday sales to give consumers the convenience they demand,” Szyndrowski said.