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January 2004
Christmas Came Early for Massachusetts Liquor Retailers
One of the Last Blue Laws in the State Abolished Before Thanksgiving
by Bess Hochstein
On November 26, 2003, the day before Thanksgiving, Governor Mitt Romney approved an economic stimulus package for the state of Massachusetts that included a provision legalizing statewide liquor store sales on Sunday, and a battle waged by one western Massachusetts retailer drew to a close. A remnant of the state's Puritanical blue laws, the Sunday sales ban had already been lifted for stores in northern Massachusetts within ten miles of the border of New Hampshire and Vermont, where Sunday sale...
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