Senate committee advances Sunday booze sales bill

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Senate Chambers were packed Wednesday afternoon.

Both bills would allow alcohol sales in grocery, convenience, liquor and drug STORES from noon to 8 p.m. The bill now heads to the full Senate for further consideration.

Public Policy Committee Chair Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) is the author of the Senate's Sunday sales bill.

IN is one step closer to allowing Hoosiers to purchase alcohol on Sundays at stores.

If passed, the bill would take effect in July.

"In the past, it has been we have been too restrictive to the entities that it affects", Alting says. "That's also been the death of these good bills like this".

But Indiana's Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking wants strict amendments to both bills.

Indiana Senate Republicans will push for computer science courses in all high schools, alcohol sales on Sundays and increased funding to cover higher-than-anticipated school enrollments, among other issues, during the current legislative session.

Lisa Hutchenson, the vice president of Indiana's Coalition to Reduce Underage Drinking, said, "We're just concerned that sometimes there are advertisements for the Super Bowl for beer right next to, you know, kids books and things like that".

The bill comes after the Alcohol Code Revision Commission voted on in November to recommend allowing carryout alcohol sales on Sundays.

"It's unanimous that it's simply the time to do a Sunday sales bill", said Sen. The arch enemy of Sunday sales abruptly became a supporter in a deal created to preserve the status quo where the sale of cold beer is concerned.

Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) announced he has authored Senate Bill 26, which would allow a grocery store, convenience store or drug store to sell beer at any temperature.

IN now prohibits packaged alcohol sales on Sunday.

Sinder added that liquor store customers have expressed support for Sunday sales, but he also expressed concern for smaller liquor stores that may not have the inventory, staff or volume to support Sunday sales.

Support came from the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, representing package liquor stores, and the Indiana Retail Council, which includes big-box stores and other retail outlets. "We are eager to continue working directly with legislators and policy makers as these landmark pieces of legislation continue to move forward without delay".

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