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Blue law bills to get Senate hearing

April 10, 2015
Three Illinois bills that would permit Sunday vehicle sales in the state will receive hearings in the Senate Transportation Committee on April 14.
The CATA has advised its members to be prepared to contact senators if and when the bills advance out of committee, although none of the legislation — Senate Bills 1780, 1835 and 1706 — has received much vocal support among Illinois senators. All three bills were introduced by Sen. Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove).
According to the General Assembly’s spring session schedule, the bills would have to win three successive votes in the Senate and pass to the House by April 24. None of the bills has been voted on once yet. The General Assembly is scheduled to adjourn May 31.
SB 1780, the most far-reaching of the proposals, would lift Illinois’s blue law that prohibits new- and used-vehicle sales on Sundays. SB 1835 would allow for the sale of motor vehicles by licensed dealers for not more than two hours on Sundays. And SB 1706 would permit Sunday sales of motor vehicles if the licensed dealer is a person who observes religious worship on a day other than Sunday.
Oberweis contends that consumers would appreciate being able to buy a car on Sunday. But 84 percent of new-car purchases involve financing which has to be arranged through lenders that are closed Sundays.
CATA President Dave Sloan said he hasn’t heard from any consumers clamoring to buy a car on Sundays.