City | 9:58 pm | May 15, 2012 | By Nick Defiesta

Malloy signs bill allowing Sunday liquor sales

Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law Monday a bill allowing the sale of liquor on Sundays.
Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law Monday a bill allowing the sale of liquor on Sundays. Photo by Sarah Eckinger.

Sunday liquor sales will start this weekend, just in time for Commencement weekend celebrations.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed legislation Monday that allows alcohol to be sold on Sunday and certain holidays. The law, which repeals one of the state’s colonial-era “Blue Laws,” will come into effect this weekend.

The legislation allows package stores to sell liquor from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and supermarkets to sell beer on Sundays as well as on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day. While some critics said the bill would hurt small liquor store owners, proponents argued the bill would be a boon for the state’s economy and reduce drunk driving by Connecticut residents crossing state lines to consume alcohol on Sundays.

Following Malloy’s signature, Indiana is the only state with a ban on Sunday liquor sales.

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