Alcohol Sales on Sunday Could Soon Be a Thing in Texas
I've talked about this before. The fact we can't buy booze on Sunday in Texas is stupid. There is no logical reason to not sell alcohol on Sundays. Apparently there's a lawmaker in Texas that feels the same way I do.
Texas State House Representative Richard Raymond has introduced HB 937, which undo the state's Prohibition-era ban on distilled spirit sales on Sundays. Here in El Paso, it's not that bad. We can head on over to a place like the Side Door Liquor store, which is technically in New Mexico, and purchase alcohol on Sundays. You can also get liquor there during the week long after the liquor stores in El Paso have closed for the day. But for the rest of Texas, it isn't so easy.
Why aren't we able to purchase alcohol on Sundays in Texas? The law dates back to the Texas Control Liquor Act of 1935. Yup, 1935! That's almost 90 years ago! The same ban also prevents the sale of liquor on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. The new bill that would undo this antiquated law would extend legal liquor sales to:
- Monday through Saturday, 9am to 10pm
- Sunday 12pm to 10pm
It used to be a thing that states banned liquor sales on Sunday, but that has changed over the past 20 years. Since 2002, 21 more states have passed laws that allow for the sale of liquor on Sundays. This brings the total to 43 states that allow liquor sales on Sundays.