Car dealerships would be able to sell vehicles on Sunday under a measure that advanced from a Senate panel on Friday.
Senate Bill 693, by Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, would repeal the state prohibition that bars auto dealers from Sunday sales.
Pugh said the measure was a constituent request from a small used car dealer in his district.
Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, said he has several used car dealerships in his district and none of them requested this bill.
“This prohibition seems to be one sensible way we can slow down some things on Sunday and say let’s not sell cars,” Rader said.
Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher, said he is not convinced that allowing Sunday sales will increase sales. Some dealers will feel like they have to compete, which requires additional overhead and increased expenses.
Pugh asked members to consider consistency, adding that no other business has that prohibition.
“We sell marijuana on Sundays,” Pugh said. “We sell alcohol on Sundays.”
The state should not prevent a small business owner from selling cars on Sunday because larger dealerships don’t like it, Pugh said.
Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, questioned why the measure had an emergency clause on it, meaning it would become effective upon the governor’s signature.