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Mississippi House passes bill to allow liquor stores to open on Sunday

Have you ever been in the mood for something a little stronger than beer before all of the sudden remembering it’s Sunday and liquor stores are closed?

Well, if that’s the case, you might be in luck. The Mississippi House of Representatives recently passed a bill 66-30 to allow liquor stores to be open on Sundays.

House Bill 329, authored by Republican Rep. Brent Powell of Brandon, would give wet counties the choice to authorize liquor stores to be open between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m. on Sundays.

The bill would allow local leaders a chance to conduct a referendum to put a lock back on liquor stores, needing 1,500 signatures or 20 percent of citizens to trigger an election on the matter. 60 percent of voters would then have to vote against liquor stores being open on Sunday to go back to the current six-day-a-week model.

As of now, ABC-permitted liquor stores in Mississippi can sell liquor between 10 a.m. and midnight, Monday through Saturday, and are required to be closed on Sundays and Christmas Day.

The bill now heads to the Senate, where a similar one died last year before reaching the full floor for a vote.

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