ST. PAUL — Minnesota's 159-year-old ban on Sunday liquor sales appears headed for repeal, but not before the debate among lawmakers ferments a little bit longer.
The Minnesota Senate voted 38-28 Monday, Feb. 27, to end the prohibition on liquor stores being open on Sunday, following in the footsteps of the House, which passed a similar repeal last week.
But the two pieces of legislation have a slight difference that will need to be worked out in conference committee. The Senate bill would allow liquor stores to operate on Sundays between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. while the House version lets them open an hour earlier.
Nevertheless, the ban on Sunday sales, in place since Minnesota became a state, appears to be nearly over. If lawmakers can find a compromise on operation hours Gov. Mark Dayton is expected to sign the repeal.