Senator Alting has introduced SB 1 which would permit package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, or drug stores to sell alcohol from noon until 8 p.m. on Sundays. This bill was recommended by the Alcohol Code Revision Commission and is obviously an improvement over the current law. However, the hours permitted on Sunday contrasts noticeably with the 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. permitted the rest of the week.
As it happens, my preferred time of the week to do my grocery shopping happens to be Sunday morning. I don’t have to be at work, and the crowds are usually pretty low. But, it also happens that I don’t really mind all that much making a separate trip for a beer run. Ultimately, treating Sunday differently from the rest of the week for alcohol sales just seems like an anachronism without a lot in the way of legitimate public policy reasons to recommend the distinction. Still, half a loaf is better than none.