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Proposed New York Legislation Would Force Chick-Fil-A To Remain Open On Sundays

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A new bill, the “Rest Stop Restaurant Act,” proposed by the New York State Legislature, aims to require businesses along the New York State Thruway to operate every day, including Sundays.

The bill targets Chick-fil-A, known for its religious policy of closing on Sundays.

Proponents argue that such closures are inconvenient for travelers and that publicly owned service areas should maximize public benefit. (Trending: Judge Announces Historic Ruling In Jeffrey Epstein Case)

“While there is nothing objectionable about a fast food restaurant closing on a particular day of the week, service areas dedicated to travelers is an inappropriate location for such a restaurant,” the bill states.

“Publicly owned service areas should use their space to maximally benefit the public. Allowing for retail space to go unused one seventh of the week or more is a disservice and unnecessary inconvenience to travelers who rely on these service areas.”

Despite the religious nature of Chick-fil-A’s policy, the bill does not address this aspect, potentially raising concerns about religious discrimination.

Assemblyman Tony Simone supports the bill, emphasizing the need for consistent service for travelers.

Critics argue that the proposed law may clash with recent Supreme Court rulings upholding religious freedom in commerce.

Chick-fil-A has not publicly responded to the case, but its website explains the religious basis for the Sunday closure.

The bill has sparked controversy, with some accusing New York Democrats of targeting Chick-fil-A and religious groups.

Assemblyman Tony Simone, told ABC News Albany, “You know, we get hungry when we’re traveling. We may not like our brother-in-law or sister-in-law’s cooking and wanna get a snack on Christmas Eve.” She added, “To find one of the restaurants closed on the thruway is just not in the public good.”

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