At the moment a bill that would allow package stores to open and sell alcohol on Sundays is dead.
Sen. John Kissel, a Republican from Enfield, said it died in the Program Review and Investigations Committee Thursday, “for lack of a vote.”
“I know how to count,” Kissel said Thursday in a phone interview.
He said even though he supports Sunday sales, he didn’t want to put his colleagues on the spot by making them vote one way or another.
“I don’t want to lock people into positions they may find themselves comfortable moving from in the future,” Kissel said.
He said there’s always a chance that the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding Committee could include Sunday sales in a budget implementer bill. At the moment he’s comfortable with the $7.5 to $8 million in sales tax revenue Sunday sales could raise.
The current budget crisis could make the concept of Sunday sales more appealing to some, but others are still against it for safety reasons.
West Hartford Police Chief James Strillacci has said the additional sales may increase tax revenue, but selling more alcohol means “we are going to have more alcohol-related crimes.”