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a statute regulating work on Sundays

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I lived through a number of those changes growing up in Connecticut, where many "blue laws" are still on the books.
Laws that bar certain acts on Sundays are called blue laws. Dating back to the 17th-century Puritans in Connecticut they're based on the belief that Sundays should be for church and rest.
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).
Even today, remnants of the old Blue Laws still influence state legislation in Massachusetts and elsewhere.
Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, would abolish the state's "blue laws" limiting alcohol sales on Sundays and extend liquor sales by an hour both in the morning and the evening on Monday through Thursday, allowing sales from 9 a.m.
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.
The antiquated bans, known as "blue laws," have shown astonishing staying power in a country that has generally ceased to honor the Christian Sabbath, at least when it comes to buying and selling.
On June 23, 1895, the president of the city's recently-constituted Police Board of Commissioners, Theodore Roosevelt, launched an all-out war against those breaking the state's "blue laws," regulations prohibiting alcohol consumption in a public venue on Sunday, the Sabbath.
Last week, he said he was uninterested in contraception and same-sex marriage but hopes to "save the institution of marriage" through policies such as blue laws and tax-deductible marriage counseling.
(85) For this observer of San Francisco life, his community was "one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world" where a "great liberality of thought and feeling prevails." Thus, the city welcomed "all religions and creeds and no-creeds, from the strictest form of Calvinism now in existence, to Spiritism, Atheism, and Materialism." Here, a wide variety of individual religious practices met "not only with toleration, but with tolerance, which is a much rarer phenomenon." (86) Upon this diverse population, bans on Sunday business seemed to be the work of puritanical forces, representing nothing less than "narrowness and bigotry, and petty tyranny, as were ever developed in Connecticut under the regime of the Blue Laws." (87)
(4) They can be helpful in accounting for the novel's front-matter, its peripeteia, its narrator's idiosyncrasies, and its odd, concluding "General Note on the Blue Laws." Finally, they can suggest how the text's social and political themes may be less easy to determine than has been so far been the case in hermeneutic criticism.
To bring in more tax revenue without increasing taxes, some lawmakers in the 14 states that prohibit alcohol sales on Sunday think these "blue laws" should be repealed.
This is even more surprising because Paramus, part of Bergen County, has some of the strictest blue laws in the nation.
Lui et quelques autres "radicaux" du corps professoral y avaient lance un cine-club universitaire dans une salle de cinema avoisinante, afin de contourner les blue laws (lois bleues) dominicales.