In a story released by the Associated Press, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, said he would sign a bill lifting the ban on Sunday liquor sales.
The Governor’s neutral stance is surely good news in the common sense battle for Sunday sales. However, the Governor saying he will sign a bill is a long way from saying he supports it. You would think he would be all for Sunday sales. The Governor is pushing for a new kind of legislative session, an “Unsession.” The unsession concept is to undo some of the things that no longer make sense for Minnesota. A widely supported issue like selling wine, liquor, or beer in Sunday should be at the very top of the unsession list.
The Unsession is a first-of-its-kind effort to make government better, faster, simpler and more efficient for people. We want to improve service, shorten wait times, eliminate old and outdated rules, and undo anything else that makes government nearly impossible for people to understand.
A Sunday liquor sales bill will need to pass votes the House Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee and be approved on the floor before it can go to the Governor for his signature. Previous Sunday sales bills have always been stalled out in the past at the committee level.
There is a lot of influence from powerful lobbying groups to keep the status quo. And, many in the liquor industry make donations to election campaigns and PAC’s, that kind of money probably gets you some special attention liquor issues come up. It should come as no surprise that some of those donations come from those in the Wisconsin and North Dakota liquor industry. After all, Minnesota’s ban on Sunday liquor sales works to their advantage.