HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says he’s not giving up on trying to lower the price of alcohol for Connecticut consumers.

He says Connecticut has been losing hundreds of millions of dollars as consumers cross into Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island to purchase alcohol.

The Democrat said Friday he’s confident his appointees to a new task force will “be driving to bring about relief to consumers.” Malloy had originally proposed overhauling the state’s alcohol pricing and permitting systems, but a bill approved on Thursday by the House of Representatives left those issues for the task force to review.

Instead, the bill focused on allowing retail alcohol sales on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as some holidays.

The bill still awaits Senate approval.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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