Suds This Sunday?

For the first time since anyone can remember, this Sunday Connecticut residents won’t have to travel out of state to pick up a bottle of booze or a six-pack of beer. The silly law that prohibited Sunday sales of alcohol on-site was repealed by the General Assembly in the recently completed session. Hallelujah!

I’m in the process of writing a column about the above topic for CT News Junkie, so I’m gathering my thoughts on the subject. Now Indiana is the only state left with a ban on sales in liquor stores and supermarkets on Sundays.

One of the interesting tidbits that has come to light since Gov. Malloy signed the measure into law is that individual municipalities in Connecticut are free to ban Sunday sales on their own if they wish to. The town of Wilton, for example, has prohibited the practice ever since Prohibition was repealed in 1933.

My friend Rick Hotaling, who owns Rick’s Wine & Spirits in Sharon,  opposed the bill allowing Sunday sales. And he says he will not be opening his doors this Sunday or any Sunday in the near future. I think that’s the intellectually honest approach. Oppose it if you must, but stay closed on the Sabbath rather than claiming to be coerced into doing it and thereby achieving victimhood.

Unfortunately, the General Assembly watered down Malloy’s bill to eliminate the repeal of the price controls that ensure good profits for the package stores but punish consumers. I really hope Malloy pushes for that next year but I’m not holding my breath. Ironically, those little package store owners have a muscular lobby.

BTW I heartily recommend Rick’s. Great wine selection and an owner who can always point you in the right direction. And even if you’re thirsty on Sunday, it’s worth waiting until Monday.

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