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Indiana Senate approves carryout Sunday alcohol sales bill

Sunday Alcohol Sales

The bill by Republican Sen. Ron Alting of Lafayette passed Monday on a 39-10 vote.

Posted: Jan. 22, 2018 3:29 PM
Updated: Jan. 22, 2018 4:07 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - The Indiana Senate has approved a measure that would repeal Indiana's ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales.
The bill by Republican Sen. Ron Alting of Lafayette passed Monday on a 39-10 vote. It now moves to the House, which is expected to vote soon on its own Sunday sales proposal.

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Both measures would allow stores to sell carryout alcohol on Sundays between noon and 8 p.m.

“This is a great step toward modernizing Indiana’s alcohol code,” Alting said. “Hoosiers want the convenience of buying alcohol on Sunday, and now is the time to pass this bill into law.”

Earlier this month the bill that would end Indiana's Prohibition-era ban on carryout Sunday alcohol sales was overwhelmingly approved by the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, a 17-member commission composed of eight state lawmakers and nine non-lobbyist citizen members.

Similar proposals have stalled in recent years, but Republican legislative leaders say the time to act is now.

The Sunday sale bill moves forward after an Indiana Senate committee overwhelmingly voted down legislation that would have allowed grocery stores, pharmacies, and gas stations to sell cold beer.

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