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Growlers taken out of alcohol bill
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota supporters of Sunday alcohol sales are growling today.

The Senate Taxes Committee Monday removed a provision from an overall alcohol bill to allow the sale of growlers on Sundays.

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Growlers, refillable beer containers, would have been allowed to be sold on Sundays at craft beer locations under a provision by Sen. Roger Reinert, D-Duluth.

"It's very disappointing to see a bill that passed the Commerce Committee on a nearly unanimous voice vote now be stripped of these reasonable provisions," Reinert said. "The Legislature's inconsistency on liquor issues is increasingly frustrating."

Reinert is a long-time supporter of allowing Sunday alcohol sales. The growler provision was one of what he called "baby steps" being taken to his eventual goal.

A Reinert provision remaining in the bill would allow taprooms to be open on Sundays.

A House alcohol bill still contains the growler provision.

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