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Lawmaker: Legalize Super Bowl Sunday Liquor Sales

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ST. PAUL (AP) — A Minnesota lawmaker wants to change state law to allow liquor stores to open for next year’s Super Bowl — even as other legislators renew a perennial push to legalize broader Sunday sales.

Rep. Pat Garofalo, a Farmington Republican, says liquor stores could generate huge revenues on Super Bowl Sunday. The House Commerce Committee on Wednesday discussed his bill, which would allow a one-year pilot in 2014. Garofalo says the Legislature could extend the change permanently if it’s a success.

Lobbyists for the liquor industry, who have successfully fought attempts to allow Sunday sales, say they also oppose legalizing liquor sales on Super Bowl Sunday. The committee also discussed legalizing liquor sales for every Sunday.

Minnesota is one of 12 states that still outlaw Sunday liquor sales.

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