Ever wanted to buy some booze on a Sunday? Maybe soon you'll be able to.
Most Texans are familiar with the Blue Laws.
Put into effect decades ago, they prevent the sale of hard liquor on Sundays, among other things.
"There is certainly an inconvenience there, no doubt about it," Spec's Liquor Warehouse customer Bud Hall said.
And it's inconvenient even for customers wanting to buy beer or wine. The same laws make it illegal to sell those items before noon on Sundays.
"If we are having a barbecue on a Sunday or something like that, and it is before noon, we have to sit there and wait," Spec's customer Scott Moody said.
Now, a bill filed in the Texas Legislature is looking to repeal those restrictions for good.
But that's not good news for Spec's owner John Rydman.
"In the 2,500 or 2,600 package stores that there are all over the state of Texas are family people. We don't want to necessarily work another day. It's not good for my employees. They need a day off," Rydman said.
It would also add more overhead to the store's bottom line, Rydman said.
With the economic downturn, state lawmakers are looking for different ways to generate revenue. Selling booze on Sundays is just one of their ideas.
"I think this is a good source of revenue without having to increase taxes or cut valuable state programs," District 143 State Rep. Ana Hernandez said.
Hernandez said Sunday liquor purchases could generate upwards of $5-8 million for the state.
He said his sales wouldn't go up. Instead, he believes they'd just be spread out over seven days instead of six.
"Those who filed the bills are still convinced there is extra money somewhere. They just think we are crazy--that we people in business don't know what we're talking about," Rydman said.
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