Lawmakers to hold hearing on alcohol sales bill


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Posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:22 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 19 at 7:41 AM

AUSTIN -- Texas lawmakers are considering a bill designed to extend alcohol sales.

A House Committee hearing begins Tuesday afternoon. House Bill 421 would repeal the so-called Blue Laws which put restrictions on alcohol sales.
Representative Senfronia Thompson filed the bill. It targets the hours that alcohol can be sold in Texas. It would allow Texas to lift the ban on Sunday sales and would also extend the hours for regular sales. Liquor stores would be allowed to stay open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Thompson says the move could increase state revenue. She estimates by up to $8 million.
If approved this session, Texas could become the 39th state to allow stores the option to open on Sundays. It would join a growing number of states making the move. According to the Distilled Spirits Council, since 2002, 16 states have repealed similar Sunday bans around the country.
There would still be some limits. According to the bill, stores would remain closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
The hearing begins at noon.

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