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Lawmakers don't vote on Sunday liquor sales

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota House members did not get a chance to vote on whether they want alcohol to be sold on Sundays.

An amendment to a bill was dropped Tuesday before a vote.

However, there was a debate on the issue, with Rep. Steve Drazkowski, R-Mazeppa, saying Minnesotans are crossing over to other states to buy alcohol on Sundays.

"We are exporting our business to those states," Drazkowski said. "We do have to find a way for our businesses to engage on commerce on Sunday."

Rep. John Kriesel, R-Cottage Grove, said that he makes many Sunday trips to pick up beer in Hudson, Wis., and he felt he should be able to buy beer in Minnesota.

To that, Rep. Larry Howes, R-Walker, responded: "If you cannot plan ahead ... you probably shouldn't be drinking."

The Sunday sales measure failed in a Senate committee and is unlikely to be debated again this year.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.