Blue Law


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Blue Law

A law intended to enforce religious morality. In general, blue laws refer to public observance of holy days through the restriction of commerce. While most blue laws in the United States have been repealed, many states restrict the sale of alcohol on Sunday, the Christian Sabbath. Other countries have similar restrictions on Jewish, Islamic and other holidays.
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The first clause of the amendment that "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion," seemed to indicate that the blue laws would soon be repealed in favor of more Sabbath-friendly legislation.
But the blue laws put on the books in 1965 in Arkansas were brought about by a much baser motive: money.
68) Nevertheless, they supported the enforcement of the blue law as a political act of defiance against King Kalakaua, who wanted the games to be played, although he was at the same time opposed to the increased Americanization of Hawaii.
Town Clerk Nancy Talbot said she had never heard of such a thing and contacted Police Chief Dennis Healey, who said the blue laws did not apply.
Flanagan said, Small businesses and consumers throughout the state will greatly benefit from this reform of the state's outdated blue laws that will expand Sunday brunch options and promote the continued success of New Yorks service and beverage industries.
Many blue laws have been eased over the years, but in Minnesota--and 13 other states--buying a car is still a no-no on Sundays.
Even today, remnants of the old Blue Laws still influence state legislation in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Drawing on the history of Blue Laws and Prohibition, Yandle noted that public policies tend to be supported by "bootleggers," who saw their incomes increase as a result of a particular policy (as bootleggers did under Prohibition and under Blue Laws), and "Baptists," who supported public policies for moral reasons (Baptists tended to support prohibition and Blue Laws because they believed that alcohol was evil).
IT ALL STARTED WITH BLUE LAWS, BUT IT ENDED WITH DEDICATED HUNTERS FIGHTING BACK.
Opponents] say the increase in sales would be marginal, but when we look at what happens in other states that repealed blue laws, we see the opposite happens," Gray said.
He was among the first baseball entrepreneurs to install lights for evening games, and he played a key role in challenging Pennsylvania's Blue Laws that were finally overturned in 1934.
Roosevelt embodied the hypocrisy of his fellow social elite, taking full advantage of loopholes in the blue laws that allowed alcohol to flow legally in private clubs and hotel restaurants, second homes for the male gentry.