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As others see it: A missed opportunity

Another legislative session is over and another opportunity to allow consumers to purchase liquor on Sundays was lost.

Fears that Sunday liquor sales would somehow lead to anarchy in the streets has once again triumphed over lifting a prohibition-era ban that limits consumer choices and constricts business.

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Minnesota is one of only 12 states that don’t allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays. Since 2002, 16 states have joined the list of those allowing Sunday sales.

This session, armed with latest survey numbers that show Minnesotans’ growing support for lifting the ban, Sunday liquor advocates were hopeful that the Legislature would finally act on the issue. They tried to include “baby step” options that would have at least allowed the sale of craft-beer “growlers” — 64-ounce jugs — at qualifying breweries and brewpubs but those moves were also squelched.

Those trying to lift the ban said that special interests and “crony politics” killed their efforts, ultimately resulting in a liquor bill that was stripped of any Sunday sales language. ...

Allowing liquor to be sold on Sundays would make shopping more convenient for consumers. ... There’s also a benefit to businesses and taxpayers. Having another day of business on the weekends ... would add to the sales.

Prohibition ended more than 70 years ago. It’s time for Minnesota to move on and end its ban on Sunday liquor sales.