Conn. package store owners to protest bill
GOSHEN, Conn.—More than a dozen Connecticut package store owners and a contingent of state legislators will rally against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's proposed changes to the state's liquor laws, including retail liquor sales on Sundays.
The group claims the changes offered by the Democratic governor will put small, independently owned package stores at a significant competitive disadvantage to major retailers. They said many of the stores will be forced out of business.
Store owners are concerned about many of the changes, including extending daily sales hours to 10 p.m., allowing retailers to own as many as nine package stores instead of two, and removing certain price restrictions.
A protest is planned at Goshen Wine and Spirits in Goshen on Friday.
State lawmakers scheduled a public hearing on the legislation for Tuesday.