- Associated Press - Sunday, February 26, 2017

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota lawmakers are on the brink of legalizing Sunday liquor sales.

Minnesota’s Senate is expected to take a final vote Monday on a bill to allow liquor stores to open on Sundays. Lawmakers have tried and failed for years to repeal a ban that dates back to statehood.

The House gave it a major push this year by passing it overwhelmingly on an 85-45 vote. A Senate panel also passed the bill last week.

If passed, liquor stores could start opening seven days a week in July. Gov. Mark Dayton has indicated he’ll sign the bill.

A small difference between the House and Senate bills on what time stores can open on Sundays could drag the final passage out slightly.

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