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Sunday liquor sales once again denied

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KTTC) -

The effort to legalize Sunday liquor sales has been brewed up to be an annual springtime tradition in Minnesota. Thursday Representative Jennifer Loon led the fight for the Sunday liquor amendment as she has in previous years. As in the past, this year's effort failed.

No bill was brought forward this year, but there was an effort on the House floor to pass Sunday sales as an amendment to a larger piece of liquor legislation. After a spirited debate, the measure garnered 56 yes votes with 70 opposed.

Some of those opposing the concept say one more day opening their doors would likely hurt their business.

"I don't think it would be good for any small businesses such as ourselves," says Rochester Buckeye Liquor owner Robert Satterwhite. "It's just going to split our sales from six days into seven and basically have us incur additional costs for being open."

Supporters of this legislation argue Minnesota is surrounded by states allowing people to buy liquor on Sunday, and Minnesotans should have the choice. Currently Minnesota is one of only about a dozen states that prohibits liquor sales on Sundays.

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