Arizona House Panel Okays Bill Relaxing Sunday-Morning Booze Rules

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If you've ever found yourself in the nightmare scenario of not being able to drink yourself into a stupor before 10 a.m. on a Sunday, you may be in luck. A state House panel just approved a bill that would allow booze-hounds to get their fix a little earlier on Sundays.

As it stands right now, if you want alcohol on a Sunday in Arizona, you have to wait until 10 a.m.

Sounds reasonable, but for some of state Representative Matt Heinz's Tucson constituents, they want to get the party rollin' a little earlier.

Heinz sponsored HB 2552, in response to some constituent complaints that they weren't able to purchase alcohol in the morning for a party they were throwing later in the day.

It should be noted that much of Heinz's district covers areas of Tucson with a high population of University of Arizona students. Our only question is whether these "constituents" were wearing togas when they brought their alcoholic plight to the representative's attention

Either way. In response to the complaints, Heinz is sponsoring the booze-friendly bill. The legislation calls for the Sunday sales time to be rolled back to the same time it is on any other day of the week -- 6 a.m.

Representative Rich Crandall opposes the bill, telling Capitol Media Services that alcohol is the cause of several of the problems facing Arizona, including drunk-driving and domestic violence.

Look at it this way, Mr. Crandall: people in dire need of alcohol at 6 a.m. on a Sunday are often times already drunk. Stop bein' such a buzz-kill.

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All I know is that when I try to get my grocery shopping done early and I can't check out with a few bottles of wine it's quite annoying.

what about the folks who don't drink and just want to get their shopping done early.


that means you will see some drunks in church on sunday.


Why should Sunday be treated any differently than any other day?   People should be able to purchase alcohol at any time of the day or night, 24/7.    Why do people think that allowing the government to interfere with personal rights is going to solve anything?    Are there any alcoholics that are going to be healed because they have to wait an extra hour on Sunday morning to buy a six-pack?   Of course not.  Anyone can purchase their booze the day before.   A law that prevents buying alcohol before 10am just inconveniences the law abiding citizens that want to purchase their beer and alcohol for their afternoon football game parties.   It's not about "dire need" for alcohol at 8am on Sunday.   That's a bogus straw man, because anyone with "dire need" for alcohol already would have gallons of it at home.


It's time to quit pretending that the solution to societies problems is for government to get involved and make laws.   This one is particularly stupid because it applies only on Sunday.  That's clearly done to appease religious nutjobs that want to enforce their Sabbath day rituals on everyone else.

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