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Missouri’s New Sunday Law Becomes Effective on Temporary Basis

Under a complicated series of court rulings, Missouri’s new Sunday law, banning sales of a variety of products, was in effect in the state today but only on a temporary basis.

The new law replaced a 138-year-old ban which the Missouri Supreme Court had ruled unconstitutional on grounds of vagueness. It became effective after the State Supreme Court issued a temporary writ which set aside a lower court order blocking enforcement against a Kansas City drug store firm. The company won the lower court order on its plea that the law be suspended pending a decision on its constitutionality.

In response, state officials asked the Supreme Court to set aside the lower court order which was done but on a temporary basis. The new law bans Sunday sales of autos, furniture, housewares and clothing.