Texas Legislator wants liquor sales on Sunday
POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2009 - 8:44am
UPDATED: Sunday, September 25, 2011 - 9:47pm
Sales tax deficit the reason Legialator wants Sunday Sales
A new bill is being presented at the state capital.
Lawmakers are proposing legislation allowing the sale of liquor on Sundays.
Alcohol and hard times; what one State Representative says he wants to take advantage of in a bill allowing liquor sales on Sundays.
Representative Dist. 119: Roland Guiterrez says; "You can go to Wal-Mart and buy all the beer and wine that you want. Yet we don't allow Sam's Liquor Store to open on Sunday and therefore I think we're being a little hypocritical."
Gutierrez says this is just one avenue to raise revenue in providing healthcare for children and highway dollars.
One liquor store owner I spoke to feels extending the hours of when liquor can be sold can send the wrong message to the community.
Jan Moffet says a seventh day of business might encourage more drinking.
Moffet says; "We need to be aware about the message we send to our children and the government should minimize control. Why do we need the government telling us what to do?"
Representative Gutierrez says; "The state comptroller has told us were experiencing a nine billion dollar revenue and shortfall for 2010 and 2011, we have to find everything in our power that is going to generate more money for the state of Texas."
If passed, store owners might have to hire extra employees.
Jan Moffet says; "It's a competitive business and you want to be open when other stores are open. I wont be excited about it but ill be open."
Renee Cervantes, ketknbc.com.