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Prince George's County Revisiting Sunday Liquor Sales

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There is some disagreement as to whether there is a demand for Sunday liquor sales in Prince George's County.
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There is some disagreement as to whether there is a demand for Sunday liquor sales in Prince George's County.

Some members of the Prince George's County House delegation are meeting to try and reach a consensus on Sunday sales of hard liquor in the county.

The county delegation voted down the most recent attempt to permit the sale of hard liquor on Sunday back in March. Soon after, members who supported the measure began to organize a legislative work group designed to find common ground among those pro and con on the issue.

Del. Melonie Griffith, who will chair the 11-member group, says part of the task will be to find a solution that supports economic development in the county.

"Jurisdictions that touch our various sides allow Sunday sales, so our shoppers cross borders and patronize other jurisdictions," Griffith says. "There are store owners who have come to us and said please give us a level playing field."

Del. Aisha Braveboy was one of 13 lawmakers who voted against Sunday liquor sales in the recent General Assembly. Braveboy says although she is keeping an open mind. She believes expanding the days for liquor sales doesn't have a lot of support among residents.

"I haven't really gotten any calls or emails from constituents who say, 'What we really need in PG County is that we need to open liquor stores on Sunday,' it just hasn't happened," Braveboy says. "I think we're spending way to much energy on an issue that has very little traction." (D.C. recently started allowing Sunday sales, and Montgomery County permitted them in late 2010.)

The group holds its first meeting Tuesday night at 6 p.m. at the county administration building in Upper Marlboro. The meeting is open to the public.

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