For a great article about the trend of states looking to repeal Blue Laws during these tough economic times, check out this article in TIME Magazine:

Will the Recession Doom the Last Sunday Blue Laws?

Here’s a quote from David Laband, an Auburn University economics professor who authored Blue Laws: The History, Economics, and Politics of Sunday-Closing Laws:

“Slowly and systematically we’ve seen these laws lifted in past century, even more so when there has been an economic downturn,” Laband says. “States realize that consumers will migrate to a place where they can buy what they want. And whatever their reasons are for not wanting to sell on Sunday, these states realize they’re paying a price for it in foregone tax revenues. So once the economy goes bad, then the cost of their policies are apparent to them.”

Texas package store owners along the Mexico border are behind legislation to repeal the state’s Prohibition-era ban on Sunday openings.  Read about it here.

Excerpt below:

Every Sunday, it’s the same old story.

Cars drive up, would-be customers hop out, and then somewhere between the parking lot and front door of Holiday Wine & Liquor, the realization sinks in.

The business is closed.

From his office in the back of the 10th Street liquor store, owner David Hernandez has watched hundreds of potential sales slip by with a quick yank of a locked door and a forehead smacked in recognition.

“I’m in the back almost every Sunday,” he said. “I see it all day long. I see the frustration.”

But that steady stream of disappointed customers could dry up under a proposed law that would make Sunday liquor sales legal in border counties.

Charles Osgood for CBS took an in-depth look into the history of Sunday and what has been its role in American life, including the legacy of Blue Laws.  Visit here for the full story:  A History of Sunday.

Osgood quotes author Stephen Miller about some of Connecticut’s quirkier Blue Laws:

“There were Connecticut blue laws in the 18th century, which said that you could not kiss your baby. You could not tell a joke. There was absolutely no frivolity on Sunday. And you could not play an instrument,” Miller says.

Connecticut has come a long way from not being able to tell a joke  on Sunday.  However, it remains one of only three states in the country that continue Blue Law bans on Sunday alcohol.