The days of not being able to purchase alcohol on Sundays in Connecticut will soon be a thing of the past.
After about an hour of debate, the Senate passed yesterday a much-talked-about bill that permits the sale of alchohol, beer and wine on Sundays, according to the Hartford Courant. The bill passed 28-6, with the 6 no votes coming from Republicans, the Courant reports.
The bill is one way , which has been in the midst of a budget deficit crisis for the past few years as the U.S. economy works its way out of the Great Recession.
Not all legislators were sold on that, though.
The Courant quotes Deputy Republican Leader, state Sen. Len Fasano -- who voted against the bill -- as saying, in part:
"I'm going to vote no because I think it's going to hurt small businesses. ... With all due respect, it's not going to be a revenue driver to any significant degree.''
On the other side, a group called End CT Blue Laws, comprised of organization like the Connecticut Beer Wholesalers Association and the Connecticut Food Association, supported the bill and , playing up the convenience factor.
Under the new law, Sunday sales will be permitted from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.