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Blue Laws keep Mass. retailers closed on Thanksgiving

LEE -- Stores in Massachusetts will be closed on Thanksgiving because of Blue Laws prohibiting them from opening on the holiday. Many national retailers are opening their doors in other states as part of a pre-Black Friday discount.

I think it's terrible. I'm a nurse and I think it's important that people get some day where the family can be together and I feel really bad for people who are earing very low wages and working in these stores and cant be with their families. I'm totally against it, said Margaret Gubbins.

The Blue Law requires retail stores to close on Thanksgiving and Christmas, except with a state-approved permit. Most major retailers plan to open between midnight at 1 a.m. Friday morning.

I think it's a good thing because not everybody wants to be out in traffic for holidays and it just makes for more traffic and in this weather it's crappy driving, said Whitney Sitzer.

K-Mart offered its Thanksgiving specials on Wednesday. Other stores will simply push back the deals until Friday.

There has been a push to repeal the decades-old law, but prior efforts have failed. Some deal-seekers cross over to neighboring states without the restrictions, which could force the state to reopen discussions if it loses out on too much sales tax revenue.

We've lived through a lot of restrictions for a lot of years that have been eased step by step, said Richard LaPlante. Just to keep step with other states I think it should be an even playing field.

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