The State Legislature Will Consider Allowing Sunday Liquor Sales

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Texas Tribune
State Rep. Senfronia Thompson really wants you to be able to make liquor runs on Sunday.
Texas' booze landscape is famously arcane, part holdover from Prohibition-era teetotaling, part jigsaw puzzle carved out by liquor interests and the municipalities that profit from them. Frustrating, too, when you find yourself on the dry side of a county line or try to buy a beer a six pack at 11:59 a.m. on a Sunday.

A bill filed yesterday by Houston state Rep. Senfronia Thompson filed yesterday would inject at least a bit more sense back in Texas' liquor laws.

Thompson's proposal would, for the first time since about forever, allow liquor stores to open on Sunday, from noon to 10 p.m. The no-hard-booze-on-Sunday rule is, of course, one of two remaining blue laws in Texas, the other applying to car sales.

It's long been apparent that blue laws don't make any rational sense, but why now?

A repeal of the liquor rule first gained momentum during the 2011 legislative session as lawmakers where looking for ways to plug gaping holes in the budget. The thinking was that giving people an extra day to buy liquor would boost sales and, as a result, tax revenues.

Surprisingly, the liquor lobby hasn't exactly rallied behind the cause. Greg Wonsmos, president of the Texas Package Stores Association, told the Texas Tribune in 2011 that there has been no demand from customers to be open on Sundays.

"We believe that Sunday sales would simply spread six days of sales over seven days," he said.

The industry's tepid support contributed to the downfall of the 2011 legislative push. There are no signs that this time will be different, but one never knows.


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Manilo
Manilo

Currently, Wal-Mart and Fiesta sell liquor beginning at noon on Sundays. The new law won't help me. Goodnight, the information is still interesting. http://x.co/rqVf

John1073
John1073

There is no logical reason for them to be forced to be closed on Sunday. It doesn't necessarily mean a boost in sales, but maybe it means some extra jobs or more hours for somebody if the sales do turn up.

rusknative
rusknative

TEXAS COULD REPLACE "MOTOR VOTER" REGISTRATION WITH "BOOZER VOTER" REGISTRATION....REQUIRING PHOTO ID TO BUY SUNDAY BOOZE.

rusknative
rusknative

only if the purchasers also have a photo voter ID card, only then could they purchase liquor on Sunday....if we give up something, the public boozer gives up something too.

rusknative
rusknative

BLACKS NEED TO GET THEIR BOOZE ON SUNDAY TOO, SHE SAYS.

J_A_
J_A_

Maybe this is one step closer to Costco selling liquor. A girl can dream.

Benji Kauth
Benji Kauth

About time. Welcome to 2013 slow thinkers.

GuitarPlayer
GuitarPlayer

Liquor sales were down this last holiday season and the downward trend continues. Those liquor companies need to make up the difference. Maybe they should also push for the legalization of weed so they can make money off of that too.

CogitoErgoSum
CogitoErgoSum

Damn lazy liquor lobby! No demand my arse -- they just don't want to have to work on Sundays.

Pork Miller
Pork Miller

Y'all should all be in church....not drinking alcohol. I remember the good ole days of the Blue Laws when you couldn't buy a hammer or a book.

TitusGroan
TitusGroan

I'd be much more likely to attend church if I can top off on the way in :)

Jon Hubach
Jon Hubach

Glad to know TX is finally accepting the Prohibition is over. Only took 70 years.

Michael TruckMonth Ricker
Michael TruckMonth Ricker

But if we allow liquor sales on Sunday, people will be able to purchase liquor on the day which they intend to drink which also coincides with the Sabbath!!!

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

Till 10?  I thought liquor sales were shut down at 9.  Would this change that, or have I missed the change?  I'm more a beer drinker and only go to the liquor stores for better selection and sale--Goody Goody still gets my business despite their protestations.  They're still not as close as other options, they still have the best prices and selection near me--unless I'm missing something.  I'm not smug.  If I'm wrong, or there's something better; I'm all for it.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

holy shit, the FB comments that somehow just randomly appear out of order annoy the fuck out of me.  At least if they were separated from the web comments they make some sense

Jordan Edmonson
Jordan Edmonson

Whoo! So tired of these laws. We're hurtling into the 20th century, finally.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

Better yet, do away with the liquor store monopoly. Let grocery stores sell booze like other world class cities.

Of course the liquor stores don't want to open on Sunday when they have a strangle hold on the market.

Brandon Bourland
Brandon Bourland

Christian conservative here who is all in favor of legalized herb....and Sunday liquor sales. :)

Blake Wilson
Blake Wilson

Progress towards dependency, lets do it! Job security for me.

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Most other states have liquor sales on sundays, Hell in CA and NM, you can buy it in the grocery store. Myself, i'd like to see us start off selling on sunday, then move to selling in grocery/drug stores..

John1073
John1073

I've been carded enough to know that they already have this.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@GuitarPlayer I wouldn't think that Sunday sales would alter aggregate demand substantially.  I'd imagine there would be a few winners and some losers and only a slight marginal increase.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@Aaron Porkstick Miller

Why not both? And at the same time.

rusknative
rusknative

@Jon Hubach WELL, WHEN SODOMY BECAME LEGAL, THE STATE MORALS JUST ALL WENT TO HELL.

rusknative
rusknative

@Michael D-Fens Ricker THIS IS TO ACCOMMODATE BLACK MUSLIM BOOZERS.

rusknative
rusknative

@Tim Stoll UH....WHAT IS MODERN ABOUT BOOZE? HAS BEEN AROUND LONGER THAN NORTH AMERICA.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@scottindallas Beverage Depot actually has the best prices and selection. Not sure if one is near you, but having worked in the industry, they really do. He generally runs a 9% margin.

rusknative
rusknative

@Rebecca Ziolkowski JESUS WAS NOT A HEAVY SUNDAY DRINKER, LOVE.

rusknative
rusknative

@Montemalone GIVE FREE BOOZE TO THE UNEMPLOYED AND POOR FOLKS ON WELFARE...ALSO GIVE THEM OLD CARS AND DESIGNATE CERTAIN PORTIONS OF STREETS AND HIGHWAYS AS UNEMPLOYED AND POOR FOLKS DEMOLISHION DERBY VENUES, AND LET THEM ALL JUST RIP INTO EACH OTHER DRUNK AS LORDS AND THEN THEY WILL GET SOME USE OUT OF THE FREE OBAMACARE.

rusknative
rusknative

@Brandon Bourland YOU ALSO KINDA LIKE SAME SEX MARRIAGE, ABORTIONS, AND BIG GOVERMENT AND TAX THE RICH.  ARE YOU ORIGINALLY FROM KENYA?

rusknative
rusknative

@ChrisDangerShow SELL IT IN CHURCH AND THE MOVIE THEATRE....LET EVERYONE GET A WHACK AT IT...PROVIDE FREE MINIBOTTLES AT HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIAS TOO.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

@ChrisDangerShow The limits on drinking have led me to drink more liquor than I otherwise might.  Seems my trips to New Orleans are invariably impetuous all nighters.  I feel an obligation to hit up a gas station, buy a 1/2 pint (oh I'm Wild!) of some whiskey.  If we could do that in Texas the compulsion would never strike me.  I might well roll in for a 12pack, but would never think to get liquor.  The contrarian runs deep in me

John1073
John1073

Personally I like drinking while having anal sex on Sundays in a smoky casino. Don't deny me my rights, sir.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@SuperfuzzBigmuff

Better than Total Wine?

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@rusknative Why wouldn't he have been.  He turned water into wine, and his Sabbath was on Saturday.

James_the_P3
James_the_P3

@rusknative @ChrisDangerShow Speaking of movie theaters, I noticed that Northpark AMC installed a bar so as to compete with places like the Angelica and Studio Movie Grill.  That's a nice addition, because I really like Northpark's setup, but it was always a second option because they didn't sell alcohol.

Problem solved.

Oh, and my church doesn't sell alcohol--it gives it away free, though admittedly in distressingly small quantities.

joearpaio
joearpaio

@SuperfuzzBigmuff Clean Air North used to have a great bunch of people, and they may still.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@rusknative @primi_timpano I was never a fan of the Preston Group. Or Cornerstone for that matter. Solutions was a nice tight knit group, and Lakewood was a great group too.

P1Gunter
P1Gunter

@primi_timpano Beverage Depot has the absolute best daily prices on liquor and most wines. Beer is generally cheapest there, but beer tends to be an odd study since they don't tend to offer large quantity discounts and even if they did it goes bad too fast.

Now some stores may offer a better sale price occasionally to draw business, but running a 9% margin when you're buying the 500 or 1000 case deal on say, Crown Royal is absurdly cheap.

rusknative
rusknative

@primi_timpano BEST VALUE IS PRESTON GROUP OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS MEETINGS....SAVES LIVES AND MONEY AND FAMILIES TOO.

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