State Senate Votes To Reform State Blue Laws

SENATE PASSES LEGISLATION TO REFORM OUTDATED ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CONTROL LAWS

Measures Allow Restaurants and Bars to Serve Alcohol on Sunday Mornings and Increase Access to New York’s Wine, Beer, Cider, and Distillery Products

The New York State Senate today passed legislation that will reduce
red tape, help meet consumer demand, and eliminate regulations for
restaurants, bars, and other small businesses in New York’s service and
beverage industries.

The bill (S8140), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-C-I, Staten Island), comprises an agreement with the Governor and the Assembly to modernize the state’s alcoholic beverage control laws to allow alcohol to be sold earlier on Sundays and reduce the regulatory burden for the state’s wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries to support their success.

Senate Majority Leader John J. Flanagan said, “There was broad
consensus between the Governor and Legislature that New York’s blue laws
were outdated and in need of reform, specifically the provision which
barred those enjoying brunch from purchasing an alcoholic beverage before noon on Sunday. Working with our colleagues in government, I am pleased we were able to arrive at an agreement to make common-sense changes that reduce red tape and eliminate regulations, help businesses grow and thrive, and reflect the overwhelming wishes of consumers all across this state.”

Senator Lanza said, “This bill will modernize state alcohol laws that
in many cases date back to Prohibition and will cut red tape, lower costs,
and roll back burdensome regulations.”

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