Law Offices of John P. Connell, P.C.: On January 22, 2013, two bills were introduced in the House of Representatives that are intended to expand the potential hours of operation for Massachusetts liquor stores on Sundays. House Bill No. 228, introduced by Representative Steven S. Howitt of Seekonk, would allow liquor stores to open their doors for business at 10 a.m. rather than noon on Sundays. House Bill No. 216, introduced by Representative Sean Garballey of Arlington, would grant liquor stores the right to sell alcohol on Sundays “during regular business hours.”
It is argued by these legislative sponsors, that both of these bills, if enacted, would be a step in the right direction for Massachusetts, as they would each increase revenue and ensure the State can continue competing with liquor stores in neighboring states that have by now enacted similar legislation. Connecticut, for example, already allows liquor stores to open as early as 10 a.m. on Sundays. In addition, on July 12, 2013, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee signed a Bill into law allowing liquor stores in Rhode Island to open at 10 a.m. on Sundays. Since enacting these laws, these states have both reported an increase in revenue. Massachusetts, it is argued, should also enjoy this commerce and resulting tax revenue.
CONTRIBUTED BY COURTNEY N. MCGEE
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