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March 20, 2012

Doyle Hails Compromise on Liquor Reform Plan

Bill that would allow Sunday sales of alcohol moves one step closer to passage

After hearing and reading more than 100 pieces of compelling testimony, State Senator Paul Doyle (D-Wethersfield) voted in favor of a compromise liquor reform plan that allows the Sunday sale of alcohol and also protects small business owners in the state.

“This compromise bill strikes a balance between protecting consumer rights and protecting the livelihood of mom and pop package store owners throughout Connecticut,” Senator Doyle said. “I thank Governor Malloy for his leadership on the issue and I thank the scores of residents and business owners who spoke their minds, guiding us to this compromise plan.”

The General Assembly’s General Law Committee, which is co-chaired by Senator Doyle, approved the bill today, sending it one step closer to passage in the House and Senate.

The version of the bill approved today:

  • Allows for the sale of alcohol on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., which enables stores in Connecticut to open earlier than in Massachusetts.
  • Increases the number of stores a package store owner can own from two to three.
  • Maintains minimum pricing rules, but allows package store owners to choose one item a month to sell at a 10 percent discount.
  • Establishes a task force to study other liquor reform proposals, such as a medallion system for package store owners and allowing quantity discounts,

“This is a bipartisan bill that achieves some of the most progressive liquor reform Connecticut has ever seen. It is further proof that when lawmakers work together and listen to the people, we can make great strides,” Senator Doyle said.



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