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Continued Progress in Eliminating Blue Laws

SUNDAY SPIRITS SALES:
ROLLING BACK THE BLUE LAWS

More and more states are rolling back outdated Sunday sales prohibitions - legacies of the Blue Laws that once pervaded America. These archaic Blue Laws make no sense in a 21st-century economy, where Sunday is now the second busiest shopping day of the week.

Today, 38 states permit Sunday sales of distilled spirits. Since 2002, 16 states have joined the list of states that allow Sunday spirits sales, including:

2012
Connecticut

2011
Georgia Local option

2009
Arkansas Local option
Washington (expanded number of stores allowed to open)

2008
Colorado
New York (permanent Sunday sales passed)
Virginia (expanded to include cities with 100,000 people or more)

2007
Washington (expanded number of stores allowed to open)

2005
Washington

2004
Kentucky
New York (seven day sales)
Rhode Island
Ohio
Idaho
Kansas
Virginia (allowed certain large counties)

2003
Delaware
Pennsylvania
Massachusetts
New York (any six day sales)

2002
Oregon

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