Posted on January 14, 2013 at 10:29 AM
SAN ANTONIO -- For years, it has been against the law for liquor stores in Texas to be open for business on Sunday. However, that could all change if a proposed bill passes this legislative session.
Kevin Gentry is the manager of Thrifty Liquor located in the 14000 block of Huebner Road. He works at the store six days a week.
“I think the prospect of having another day we can serve the community would be profitable for us in any sense of the world,” Gentry said.
Being open on Sunday could become a reality if House Bill 421 passes during the legislative session. State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) is sponsoring the bill and said it could increase state revenue by up to $8 million.
However, the proposal has its share of critics. Steve Heinrich of the Bexar County Republican Party is one of them.
“I don't really know we need to balance the state budget by getting people to drink more, because you don't get more revenue unless people buy more liquor than they currently do,” Heinrich said.
Thompson claims research proves there’s no negative social impact, like increased drunken driving from an extra day of sales.
Les Wanke happened to stop by Thrifty Liquors on Friday while visiting from Australia. He has seen similar law changes.
“Up until recently, we didn’t open liquor stores on Sunday either,” Wanke said. “I’m from the west coast of Australia. There was a huge outcry against it, quite a strong feeling against it, but as soon as it came in it was forgotten and the story disappeared fairly quickly.”
If the bill were to pass, liquor stores would be open from noon until 10 p.m. on Sundays. They would remain closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.