A bunch of new laws are going into affect in Texas starting on Sept 1, and one of them garnering a lot of attention, is the relaxation of an old Blue State Law that has long forbid the selling of alcohol on Sundays before noon. I don't drink at all, so this has no effect on me, but I know some people who are like, THIS is awesome. Now, if you are totally confused because you don't know what a Blue State Law is, let me explain.
Blue State Laws "also known as Sunday laws, are laws that restrict or ban some or all Sunday activities, particularly to promote the observance of a day of rest. Blue laws may also restrict shopping or ban sale of certain items on specific days, most often on Sundays in the western world. Blue laws are enforced in parts of the United States and Canada as well as some European countries, particularly in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Norway, keeping most stores closed on Sundays."
In ye olden times, there were harsh punishments doled out to any who dared work on the Sabbath such as first offence, losing your monies for the week, second offense, losing your monies and being whipped, and third offense...death. There is a lot of death penalty in Texas, but not for breaking Blue State Laws.
What the alcohol ban means in modern day Texas, is that if you say had a party on a Sunday, and you needed cases of beer during a grocery run at 9am in the morning before the party started, the store would tell you no, or there would be signs posted letting you know they couldn't sell alcohol until noon, or some stores would even have their entire alcohol section shuttered or cordoned off so you couldn't even access it until after noon all in deference to the Christian notion that Sundays were for soul saving and worship that should be honored and respected without a beer anywhere in site via a store or hotel or distributer without special license.
Other blue state laws that still exist in Texas...Car dealerships (both new and used) must remain closed on Sunday or Saturday (the dealer can choose which). Dealerships don't really fight this one because a lot of employees enjoy having the guaranteed day off by law.
Well, turns out we as a state are now free to heathen it up at bit. Starting September 1, Texans can now buy alcohol starting at 10am--a full 2 hours earlier, on Sundays. I'm pretty sure we won't all be going to hell. For this....