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5/3/2012 3:59:00 PM
Indiana among just 2 states now still banning Sunday liquor sales


Indiana and Minnesota could be the only states left to ban Sunday alcohol sales.

Lawmakers in both states aren’t in a hurry to change the blue law.

But Connecticut’s state Senate voted 28-6 Tuesday to allow for Sunday sales. The House had already passed the measure and Gov. Dannel Malloy said Tuesday he’ll sign it clearing the way for Sunday sales.

Indiana state law bars liquor and convenience stores from selling carryout alcohol after 3 a.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday.

Indiana Republican legislative leaders in this year’s General Assembly session declined to give a hearing to a bill allowing Sunday liquor sales, despite anticipated GOP support.

The state’s Legislative Services Agency, a nonpartisan research department, wrote a fiscal impact statement estimating tax revenues generated by Sunday alcohol sales would be minimal. It said consumers would just be shifting their buying habits, not spending more money.

In Connecticut, supporters of the Sunday liquor sales bill said the state will gain more than $5 million a year in new tax revenue.

State officials said the bill would help Connecticut hang onto money that had been going to neighboring New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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