ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A Missouri state representative is working to make it illegal for most retail stores in the state to be open on Thanksgiving.

“The commercialism from Christmas has now creeped into what used to be the most solemn family holiday on the calendar,” says Rep. Jeff Roorda, D-Barnhart.

Roorda filed a similar bill during the regular session but the bill didn’t receive a hearing.

Still, Roorda argues that the idea is a popular one.

“It’s a pretty bipartisan idea. I have plenty of support on both sides of the aisle,” he says. “There’s people on far ends of the left and right who didn’t like the bill.”

Roorda says the main purpose of the bill is to reinforce the notion that Thanksgiving is a family holiday.

“If retailers want to run sales, they got from Black Friday all the way up until Christmas Eve to do it,” he added.

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