State Capitol News
3:23 pm
Wed February 3, 2010

House votes to allow alcohol purchases earlier on Sundays

Phoenix, AZ – State law allows the sale and serving of wine, beer and liquor
daily from 6 a.m. to 2 the following morning. But there's one
exception: Nothing can happen before 10 a.m. on Sundays. That
caught first-term Rep. Matt Heinz by surprise.

(A couple of constituents were actually planning for an event
they were having later in the day on Sunday and tried to purchase
some beverages from Safeway, whatever. And they called me up and
said, why can't we do this on Sundays but we can do this on
Saturdays?)

His legislation would end the special rules, conforming the
Sunday drinking time to the same 6 a.m. as the other six days.
Lobbyist Don Isaacson who represents bars and restaurants with
liquor licenses said the move is long overdue.

(What this bill does is reflect reality that, on a Sunday, at a
hotel, with a champagne brunch or with sports programming, or
with the whole nature of alcoholic drinks. Mimosa are breakfast
drinks, bloody Marys, those tend to be served on a weekend when
people are on vacation. They may have a drink like that.)

Only Rep. Rich Crandall voted against the plan, saying alcohol
already is the cause of too many problems. For Arizona Public
Radio this is Howard Fischer.