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Monday, April 14, 2008
GOV. RITTER SIGNS SUNDAY LIQUOR SALES LAW
Gov.Bill Rittertoday signed Senate Bill 82 into law, repealing a 75-year-old prohibition against Sunday alcohol sales at liquor stores.Coloradonow becomes the 35thstate 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 ofColoradowant the conveniences, options and choices this law will bring. This is about stepping into the 21stCentury.
"Let's also be clear: Thisdoes notmean 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 forColoradoconsumers andColoradobusinesses."
"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 inColorado. 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."