Another poorly crafted law out of Albany. This one on Sunday morning sale of alcohol at licensed establishments. It will allow 10 AM sale instead of noon and the ability to apply for up to 12 times a year with 8 AM service.
The other six days allow 8AM openings as part of the license
Should the Sunday noon requirement be dropped ?
Of course. There are already store sales of beer on Sunday mornings and many restaurants are forced to tell even their most devout customers they cannot have a mimosa with brunch. (Or look the other way)
The reasons for noon are long gone, if there even were reasons.
However, rather than making it a standard 8AM everywhere the law requires the purchase of a 10AM permit at an unspecified annual cost.
All of this started because a Bills football game in London left WNY drinkers dry as the game fell in the AM here due to the time difference.
I can't count the number of times I've had to explain to people they have to wait till noon to have a beer, but you can go down the street and buy a twelve pack and drink all you want.
For decades liquor stores had to be closed Sunday as well as Christmas, but all of that has passed, and the beer in stores fell prey to the large stores servicing people going to play golf or go fishing instead of going to church.
It's not a big deal for me, but on Sunday when watching the news shows, if someone pops in, I'd just as soon make a sale.
Bill would allow Sunday booze sales before noon; take a poll - Table Hopping