HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A bill that would allow Connecticut package stores to sell alcohol on Sundays has passed its first legislative hurdle.

Members of the state legislature’s Committee on General Law voted 14-3 in favor of the bill Tuesday.

The bill is a modified version of legislation proposed by Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. It allows for Sunday sales, streamlines alcohol permits and creates a task force to study industry deregulation. Committee members said it would help small businesses be more competitive.

Office of Policy and Management spokesman Brian Durand said that Malloy will support the legislation and push for it to do more for consumers.

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  1. Mad MaxtaxstateCT says:

    The State is in an economic crisis, and employment is low, except in union trade work and public sector jobs, where Mumblloy is only helping re-employ those who helped put him in office thru boondoggles like the Magic Bus Trail to Economic Oblivion. So, what do legislators focus on? Liquor sales. The Death Penalty. Turtle Tunnels. Medical Marijuana. And the list will continue until the voters have a Howard Beale revelation in October and make their voices heard in November.

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