Despite all the crazy laws Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer is putting into effect, she managed to get this one right.
Taking effect at the end of July, you’ll be able to purchase liquor on Sundays.
Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed legislation which wipes away the last vestige of special Arizona laws that regulate when people can walk into a bar or restaurant on a Sunday and buy a drink. The law, which takes effect at the end of July, also means anyone who wants to pick up a six-pack of beer on the way home from church — or even on the way to services — can do so.
Current law in the state says you can’t buy booze on any day between 2:00 am and 6:00 am. But on Sundays, the ban is extended until 10:00 am.
Beginning Sunday, August 1st, though, you are allowed to purchase booze for those four extra hours on Sunday morning. (Frankly, I’m not sure what the argument is for having a restriction at all, but certainly Sunday should be no different than the other days.)
It took a Republican state senator to make this happen — and he makes sense, too:
[Republican Sen. Frank] Antenori said he doesn’t buy the argument that the rules should be different on what some people believe is the Lord’s Day.
“For a certain specific religion you can’t carve out a special exemption,’ he said. “I don’t think that’s right.’
He said if lawmakers want to protect church goers from being sidetracked by open bars on Sunday then they also would be obligated to put similar rules in place on Saturdays for Jews and Seventh Day Adventists. And Friday morning would be off limits because of Islam.
And Heinz said there is no reason to restrict those who have no day of worship at all.
Wow. Arizona Republicans got something right. I’m impressed.
(via Religion Clause)