Thompson: Time to repeal remaining Blue Laws
If you think the Blue Laws in Texas are outdated, there are legislators that agree with you. And one of them is promising to do something about it.
State Representative Senfronia Thompson from Houston is proposing a bill that would allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. She told KTRH it's time for this to happen.
“I just think that we are at a stage in our life that we realize that this is one of those Blue Laws that should be repealed, just like we did in 1983 when we repealed a bunch of them,” Thompson told KTRH.
Thompson maintains that her bill, if passed, would mean more money for Texas.
“This is based upon the survey done by the 38 states where they have Sunday sales of distilled spirits. We believe it’s going to raise 5-7% of tax revenue,” Thomson explained.
The longtime state lawmaker opening the stores on Sundays could bring 8 million dollars of revenue to the state. But Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill told KTRH Thompson’s idea isn’t a good one.
“I don’t like the idea. I think six days a week of having liquor stores open is plenty,” Woodfill stated.
Woodfill also says it could have some dire consequences.
“It makes drunk driving more likely to occur. It’s a change we don’t need. It’s a change that I believe Republicans will oppose,” Woodfill told KTRH.
If the bill were to pass, liquor stores would be able to be open on Sundays from Noon to 10PM.