March 6, 2000
FEW LAWS are as irrational as Maryland's partial prohibition of Sunday automobile sales. It's an outdated concept that should go the way of similar blue laws that kept people from buying clothes or appliances on the Christian Sabbath. Cars are no different from any other merchandise. The only reason state law continues to make this artificial distinction is because of the General Assembly's deferrence to the interests of car dealers. Some car dealers and salespeople would prefer not to work seven days a week.
February 4, 1997
In a major shift, Anne Arundel County executive John G. Gary is backing state legislation that would repeal the county's blue laws to allow auto dealers to open Sundays.The move is designed to clear the way for AutoNation USA, the used-car superstore chain launched by billionaire entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga. AutoNation wants to open a used-car lot near Glen Burnie and a vehicle restoration center near Pasadena.The two AutoNation facilities, employing as many as 560 workers, would be one of the largest new employers in the county in more than a decade, according to the county Economic Development Office.
January 23, 1997
AutoNation USA, the used-auto superstore chain launched by billionaire entrepreneur H. Wayne Huizenga, wants to open a car lot near Glen Burnie and a vehicle restoration center near Pasadena, employing up to 560 workers, if blue laws are repealed to allow dealers to stay open Sundays in Anne Arundel County.The two facilities would be one of the largest new employers in the county in more than a decade, Rosemary Duggins, marketing director of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Office, said yesterday.
April 8, 2008
Judge Sol J. Friedman, a retired Baltimore District Court judge and former member of the House of Delegates, died of heart failure Thursday at Atrium Village in Owings Mills. He was 89. A protege of James H. "Jack" Pollack, the erstwhile political boss of West and Northwest Baltimore, he was elected to the House of Delegates five times before he became a judge. In 1973, his old friend, then-Gov. Marvin Mandel, appointed him to the bench. Judge Friedman presided over a highly publicized peeping Tom case in 1975, and in 1979 he joined District Judge Jerome Robinson in ruling that Baltimore's blue laws were unconstitutional.
December 20, 1995
REPEALING THE BLUE LAWS that ban Sunday sales of automobiles in Howard County may look like an unwanted imposition on the county's car retailers. Most of the dealers don't want it. Of the 13 dealerships in Howard, 10 oppose a repeal, saying it would be a hardship to stay open.The real push for repeal is actually coming from an entity known as Car-Max, a used-car superstore owned by Circuit City that wants to locate in Howard County. The problem is that Car-Max, which can employ between 250 and 500 people, is threatening not to move here unless it can operate on Sunday.
November 24, 2011
I am saddened to know that some employees will spend part of their Thanksgiving Day at work ("Stop the madness," Nov. 22). Holidays are much anticipated as a day of rest with family and friends. I am old enough to remember when stores were even closed on Sunday in deference to the needs of workers. Even though the blue laws are gone, I think workers today need that consideration more than ever. Some will say gee, aren't they lucky they have a job to go to, and I think that is a valid concern, but it's disheartening to me to see commerce take precedence over precious down time.