Indiana commission signals support for Sunday alcohol sales

(Indiana Statehouse Newsroom) – Alcohol was a hot topic at the state capitol on Tuesday. Tuesday night, Indiana could be one step closer to Sunday alcohol sales after the state's Alcohol Code Revision Commission has signaled its support for Sunday sales.

The commission voted to include a preliminary draft, that if approved, would legalize sales on Sundays from noon – 8 p.m.

During the meeting, State Senator Phil Boots (R) voiced his support for Sunday sales and something else.

“I don't have any reason to believe we shouldn't be selling cold beer. If we're going to sell beer, sell it cold or sell it warm – whatever the retailer wants to do,” said State Senator Boots.

Tuesday was the first meeting since the two largest lobbyist groups announced a compromise in the alcohol debate last week.

Liquor store owners agreed to support Sunday sales, while in return, retailers will oppose a proposal allowing convenience and grocery stores to sell cold beer.

"We need to address the concerns of the public. The people who are buying this product, as long as they're buying it legally,” said Boots.

Judge William Boklund sits on the commission. Bukland said, “It's a very difficult problem. I'm focused on the small population that disregards the law and causes great harm.”

Larry Belcher is the Dean of the Business School at the University of Indianapolis.

Belcher said, “It's been a long protracted battle, as long as I can remember, to keep them in package stores. At least now, it seems like those on that side of the debate are putting out some sort of compromise. It seems like we're moving toward some sort of solution."

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers released this statement Tuesday:

"We applaud the commission for joining us in supporting Sunday sales.

We remain committed to working directly with legislators to successfully draft and pass meaningful and impactful public policy that will allow Hoosiers to purchase alcohol for carry out on Sunday for the first time since prohibition.

By continuing to work together, we can improve public health and convenience without compromising on safety."

The State Alcohol Code Revision Commission has two more meetings scheduled. They're on December 1 and December 8.

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(This story was originally published November 14, 2017)


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