Monday, April 14, 2008


Gov. Bill Ritter today signed Senate Bill 82 into law, repealing a 75-year-old prohibition against Sunday alcohol sales at liquor stores. Colorado now becomes the 35th state to permit Sunday retail sales of beer, wine and spirits.
The new law, sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga and Rep. Cheri Jahn, takes effect July 1.
"This is a law whose time has finally come." Gov. Ritter said. "The ban on Sunday sales was an antiquated law that long ago outlived its usefulness or relevance. Everything we know about modern consumer demand says the people of Colorado want the conveniences, options and choices this law will bring. This is about stepping into the 21st Century.
"Let's also be clear:  This does not mean we will be any less vigilant in our efforts to fight underage drinking, DUI or alcohol abuse. We will remain as vigilant as ever."
"I'm delighted to have moved this measure successfully through the legislature," Sen. Veiga said. "This is a win-win for Colorado consumers and Colorado businesses."  
"As a small business owner, I cannot imagine having the government tell me what days of the week I am allowed to open my doors," said Rep. Jahn, who owns a cleaning business. "This decision should be dictated by consumer demand. It's time to level the playing field in Colorado. Liquor stores owners will now be able to join all of the other businesses in having the choice to be opened or closed on Sundays."  
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