According to Ben Jenkins of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, 16 states since 2002 have either repealed their Sunday sales bans or given counties and local governments the option to allow Sunday sales.
"Over the last decade, states around the country have modernized outdated alcohol laws to give consumers increased convenience and bring additional revenue to the state treasury," Jenkins said.
Jenkins said retailers could see revenue increases from Sunday liquor sales. That could mean more tax revenues for government, too.
He said Sunday is the second biggest grocery shopping day of the week, particularly for people in the 35- to 54-year-old demographic.
A Distilled Spirits Council study conducted about 10 years ago found that the state could see a 5 to 7 percent increase in liquor sales if the Sunday ban were repealed. That would equate to about an $800,000 to $1.1 million increase in annual liquor tax revenue, the study said.
Jenkins said since the study was conducted several years ago, it's likely the revenue numbers would be higher today.
Lambert said many retailers also feel it's a fairness issue.
While the state bans retail liquor sales, it allows restaurants and bars to sell liquor on Sundays.
"The spirits stores felt specifically that it was time to address it because you're able to go into a bar and drink on Sunday but you aren't able to buy a bottle and take it home to drink," Lambert said.
Lambert argued it is safer for customers to consume alcohol in their own homes rather than drive to a restaurant or bar.
She also said about two-thirds of the state's liquor outlets are chain stores like Rite-Aid. These stores are open on Sundays but have to rope off their liquor aisles to prevent sales.
While the Sunday sales bill has cleared the House Judiciary Committee, it still has to be approved by the House Finance Committee before it can be brought up for a full vote on the House floor.
House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, said he hasn't discussed the bill with committee members yet to gauge their interest. Depending on their feedback, he will decide whether to put it on a committee agenda for discussion.
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