“An effort for a full repeal of Minnesota’s ban on retail sales of alcohol on Sunday appears unlikely this session, but lawmakers may give more freedom to the state’s burgeoning craft brewing movement,” writes Associated Press reporter Mike Cronin.
A Senate committee on Wednesday kept alive one bill that would legalize Sunday sales by small brewers and another that would open taprooms on Sundays and allow the sale of 64-ounce containers called “growlers.”
Sen. Roger Reinert, a Duluth Democrat who has championed Sunday alcohol sales for years, conceded that he didn’t have enough support from the Commerce Committee for a complete rollback of the law.
“There aren’t the votes,” Reinert said in a Capitol hallway outside the room where the Senate commerce committee was conducting a hearing. “But we’re clearly moving forward.”
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