Beer Legislation to be Reconsidered

June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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June 26, 2012 Updated Jun 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM EDT


BUFFALO N.Y. (WKBW) Two local state legislators have co-sponsored a bill in the New York State Legislature to allow the sale of beer starting at 11AM on Sundays inside large stadiums.

Currently, the law prohibits the sale of beer until noon on Sunday.

NYS Senators Mark Grisanti and George Maziarz were backing the idea to help control underage, binge, and unsupervised drinking in parking lots.

The bill recently passed in the New York State Assembly, but complaints from downstate bar owners have the sponsors reconsidering the legislation.

NYS Senator Mark Grisanti issued the following statement:

Recently, the New York Assembly passed bill A.10030B and sent it to the Senate for consideration regarding the start time of retail sale of alcoholic beverages at stadiums, arenas or places of entertainment that have a permanent seating capacity in excess of eighteen thousand persons.

Once I determined that surrounding business interests would be put at a competitive disadvantage, I decided not to move the bill, and it will not be moved in the future.

- Senator Mark Grisanti