BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts Liquor stores have to compete with neighboring states for weekend liquor sales, and a bill in the Senate hopes to change that.
People can start buying alcohol in Connecticut at 10 A-M on Sundays, and Vermont at six in the morning, but here in Massachusetts shoppers have to wait until noon to buy beer, liquor or wine. It’s even tougher for western Massachusetts liquor stores that border states with earlier hours, prompting the State Senate to debate a bill that would allow liquor stores to start selling booze at 10 A-M on Sundays.
“We don’t want to place our local vendors, our local liquor stores at a disadvantage at a competitive disadvantage,” says Senator Gale Candaras. “The world is going 24-7 now and that’s the need we have to meet.”
The bill only applies to liquor stores, not restaurants and bars.
The Massachusetts Senate passed the measure on a voice vote. Next, the bill has to get final approval again from each chamber before being sent to the Governor’s desk.