Liquor stores in Massachusetts will soon be able to open a little earlier on Sundays.
Gov. Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill that gives the stores permission to begin doing business at 10 a.m. instead of at noon. But it won't take effect for another three months.
The bill was the latest effort by lawmakers to chip away at Massachusetts so-called "blue laws" some of which dated back to the Puritan leaders of the original Massachusetts Bay Colony.
A total ban on Sunday sales of alcohol at liquor stores had remained in place for two centuries in Massachusetts until it was lifted in 2003.