Pinellas businesses look forward to end of blue law on Sunday mornings

Divya Kumar
Tampa Bay Times

Greg Lore, manager of Clear Sky Beachside Cafe in Clearwater, was thrilled when he heard the county might allow alcohol sales starting at 8 a.m. on Sundays.

Lore said the restaurant, which offers a bloody mary bar, bellinis and mimosas among its other brunch offerings, said the cafe usually gets bombarded at 11 on Sundays after facing disappointed tourists, unfamiliar with the county’s lingering blue law, a remnant from Puritan colonists in the 1600s.

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Atheism and Humanism: Senator’s comments on Sunday Blue Law vote raises eyebrows

Valley News Live

FARGO, N.D. (Valley News Live) The bi-partisan bill to repeal North Dakota‘s blue laws failed earlier this week in the senate by just 3 votes. But what’s drawing new attention is the comments made by some senators regarding religion and their justification for voting against the repeal. One even talking at length about atheism, then creationism. So what does this have to do with opening at store earlier on a Sunday?

North Dakota Senator Dick Dever voted “no” on the Sunday blue law. But before voting “no” Dever decided to go on a nearly eight minute speech. Continue reading “Atheism and Humanism: Senator’s comments on Sunday Blue Law vote raises eyebrows”

Our View: Support Sunday closing referendum

Williston Herald

With the failure earlier this week of a bill that would have repealed most of the state’s Sunday closing laws, it’s time for the public to take the matter into its own hands and support a petition to put the closing laws up to a vote.

We are pleased that Brandon Medenwald, a Fargo businessman, plans to do exactly that, and urge everyone to support the petition his group, North Dakota Open on Sundays, plans to have circulating this spring.

If the proposed petition gets 13,452 signatures, a measure to repeal those laws would be on the ballot for the 2018 general election.

House Bill 1163 had a wild ride this session, failing in the House in a close vote on Jan. 30, then being reconsidered and passing in another close vote the next day. There was hope that the Senate would also move to reconsider the bill after it failed 22-25 on Tuesday, but that sadly didn’t happen. Continue reading “Our View: Support Sunday closing referendum”

Senate to tackle Sunday Blue Laws

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There is no clear consensus on whether people here prefer to shop on Sunday mornings, further muddying the political waters as state legislators determine whether to repeal the long-standing “Blue Laws” that require North Dakota retailers to be closed until 12 p.m. Sundays.

If enacted, HB 1163 gives businessmen an option to open at 9 a.m. on Sundays. The law was amended in 1985 to allow grocery stores to open and in 1991 new state law allowed Sunday afternoon openings.

Many area business people do not favor opening any earlier on Sundays. In fact, most businesses beyond gas stations and grocery stores aren’t even open on Sundays in rural Richland County. And they will not change that philosophy, even if the Blue Laws change. Continue reading “Senate to tackle Sunday Blue Laws”

As of March 2017, CESI has acceded to the European Sunday Alliance, a broad stakeholder coalition on decent working hours and work-life balance.

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The European Sunday Alliance is a large network of national and European-level trade unions, civil society organizations and religious communities committed to raise awareness of the unique value of decent working hours in European societies. It joins forces with committed MEPs and offers a platform for exchange and discussion. Continue reading “As of March 2017, CESI has acceded to the European Sunday Alliance, a broad stakeholder coalition on decent working hours and work-life balance.”

Catholic Church Wants to Ban Working on Sunday

Total Croatia News Another initiative from the Croatian Bishops’ Conference. The Croatian Bishops’ Conference (HBK) has again launched an initiative to legally forbid working on Sunday. It called on Croatian citizens to support the initiative and contribute to the preservation of Sunday in its historical meaning, as a non-working day which is an opportunity for a family reunion, reports Večernji List on March 1, 2017. … Continue reading Catholic Church Wants to Ban Working on Sunday

A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis

Colomban Missionaries Britian The National Justice & Peace Network of England & Wales annual conference will be held 21-23 July and is entitled: ‘A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The challenge of Pope Francis.’ It is being organised by NJPN in partnership with Church Action on Poverty, CAFOD, Caritas Social Action Network, Vincentians in Partnership, Operation Noah, and Columban JPIC. The venue will be: … Continue reading A Sabbath for the Earth and the Poor: The Challenge of Pope Francis

Church leaders unite against new Sunday trading laws

Tim Ross The Telegraph For the first time, senior Roman Catholic, Church of England, Church in Wales, Methodist, United Reform Church and Salvation Army figures issue a joint statement opposing the government’s plan to relax Sunday trading laws Plans to allow large shops to open for longer on Sundays will damage family life and do nothing to boost the economy, an unprecedented alliance of Christian … Continue reading Church leaders unite against new Sunday trading laws