Blue laws may also prohibit retail activity on days such as Sunday.Erwin Fahlbusch and Geoffrey William Bromiley write that throughout their existence, first-day Sabbatarian organizations have been supported by labor unions in lobbying "to prevent secular and commercial interests from hampering freedom of worship and from exploiting workers." For example, the United States Congress was supported by the Lord's Day Alliance in securing "a day of rest for city postal clerks whose hours of labor, unlike those of city mail carriers, were largely unregulated." Arkansas has 75 counties, 39 of which are "dry", meaning the sale of any alcoholic beverage is prohibited entirely. Private facilities must have licenses, which can be rigorous.
The laws against the department stores opening on Sundays were ended by referendum in 1990.
Recent efforts to overturn the laws restricting automobile dealerships from opening on Sunday have died in committee in the Maine legislature.
Most off-premises alcohol sales were not permitted on Sundays until 2004.
Exceptions were made in 1990 for municipalities that were within 10 miles of the New Hampshire or Vermont border.
Since the law changed in 2004, off-premises sales are now allowed anywhere in the state, with local approval, after noon. The sale of alcohol is prohibited in most of Mississippi on Sundays.
Also, the sale of liquor is not allowed at all in nearly half of the state's counties.
On April 28, 2011, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation allowing local communities to vote on whether to allow alcohol sales on Sundays. On November 8, 2011, voters in more than 100 Georgia cities and counties voted on a bill that would allow stores to sell alcohol on Sundays.
It passed in Valdosta, Atlanta, Savannah and many other cities.
Sunday retail alcohol sales in stores are prohibited until after a.m.