2013-04-18 / News

Bill would allow liquor sales earlier on Sunday

Legislation has been introduced in the state Senate to allow Rhode Island liquor stores to open two hours earlier on Sundays.

In 2004, Rhode Island passed a law allowing liquor stores to open on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. Massachusetts lifted its ban on Sunday sales earlier that year. Last year, Connecticut allowed its stores to begin selling liquor on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The bill hopes to prevent Rhode Island liquor stores bordering Massachusetts and Connecticut from losing business to others states between 10 a.m. and noon.

“It’s very frustrating for small business owners in border towns to try to compete with stores a just a couple of miles away that can be open at hours when Rhode Island stores are ordered to be closed,” said state Sen. Paul Fogarty.

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