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State Senate Passes Sunday Liquor Sales

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(Credit: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

(Credit: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The Connecticut Senate has passed a bill that would allow retail sales of alcohol on Sundays and some holidays.

State Senators voted 28-to-6 in favor of the bill Tuesday. It now awaits Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s signature. Under the bill, Sunday sales would be limited from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some holiday sales are also allowed.

Package stores also would be allowed to sell fresh fruits used to prepare mixed drinks, and olives, cheese and crackers.

Last week, the state’s House of Representatives passed an amended version of the proposed bill.

The Democratic governor first proposed modernizing the state’s liquor laws, but some of his more controversial ideas, including changing the pricing system for alcohol, weren’t included in House’s changes.

Malloy has said he supports the bill.

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

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