Contact: Lawrence Cook
February 28, 2012
On a day that saw an estimated 900 people visit Hartford to debate proposed Sunday sales of alcohol, State Senator Stephen T. Cassano (D-Manchester) testified today before the General Law Committee in favor of limited Sunday sales, saying the more than two-dozen package store owners in his district support a newly modified version of the measure.
“Last year at this time at this time I went to 26 package stores in my district, which covers Manchester, Glastonbury, Bolton and Marlborough. All 26 were opposed to opening on a Sunday,” Sen. Cassano said. “But today, most all of those same shops are willing—reluctantly, I might add—to support Sunday sales if it is coupled with a major overhaul of our alcohol sales here in Connecticut.”
Sen. Cassano was testifying in regard to Governor Dannel P. Malloy’s House Bill 5021, “An Act Concerning Competitive Alcoholic Liquor Pricing and Hours of Operation for Permittees.”
The governor’s comprehensive bill proposes a variety of changes, including: making Connecticut’s days and hours of sale competitive with surrounding states; remove burdensome restrictions on distribution and sale to benefit consumers; give package stores the option to sell additional “complementary goods” such as snacks; institute a statewide medallion system for use with package store licenses; and give some additional small businesses greater choice in selling beer.
After meeting with approximately 40 package store owners on Sunday in Manchester, Sen. Cassano said the issue of Sunday sales, policies, operational costs and requirements should be separated from the governor’s other proposals.
“We’ve done things piecemeal since Prohibition, and now we have an opportunity to review the entire industry,” he said. “That’s what needs to be done. Sunday sales needs to be a separate bill, and a package of other, far-reaching reforms needs to be studied and considered separately.”
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