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Published January 30, 2013, 09:39 PM

New bill could mean alcohol change on Sunday mornings

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Bills moving through the North Dakota Legislature could bring mandatory Sunday morning closures to an end.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Bills moving through the North Dakota Legislature could bring mandatory Sunday morning closures to an end.

In addition to a bill that would allow alcohol sales to start at 10 a.m., another would allow other retail stores to open on Sunday mornings.

A couple bills circulating in the North Dakota House could kick some Sunday blue laws to the curb.

David Lundeen is the owner of Main Liquors in Fargo.

David Lundeen, Owner of Main Liquors in Fargo: "Oh yes, we definitely will open earlier."

He's optimistic the legislature will approve a bill to allow alcohol sales at bars and liquor stores to begin at 10 a.m. instead of noon.

The measure was approved by the House committee with a "do pass" recommendation.

David says it's all about customer convenience.

Lundeen: "Our busiest time on Sunday is at 12 o'clock, they're waiting to get in. We'll do more business at the first hour of the day than we do the rest of the day."

And it isn't just alcohol sales. A separate proposal would make it possible for all retailers to open before noon on Sundays.

That bill, which was introduced this week, could give stores like those in West Acres Mall the option to open earlier.

Craig Whitney, FMWF Chamber President: "To give them that option would be good. It's an entrepreneurial right that they should have and likewise, to give the public an opportunity if they'd like to swing by a store on the way home from church."

The bill would also require approval from individual cities to decide how early stores are allowed to open.

Laurel Johnson, Hatton, N.D.: "I think there's a time that needs to be set aside for people that want to go to church. I don't think any businesses need to be open before noon. That's my opinion."

Stacy Huhtala, Moorhead Resident: "I think it's probably a good idea. I don't see anything wrong with it. There's a lot of people out early Sunday morning, obviously, because of church and everything else."

The House committee passed the alcohol sales measure Monday. The retail bill was introduced Tuesday.

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