Sunday alcohol laws could be changing for Hoosiers

It would be the first time since prohibition alcohol sales would be allowed on Sunday in Indiana, and small steps towards that were made in an agreement Friday.

"Some people go to Illinois," Skip Seaman says. "I've heard those stories." Seaman is a partner with Liquor Locker. 

"It's funny because all my friends in Alaska they think it's really funny that it's even a thing here," Maria White from Evansville says. 

For decades, Hoosiers have not been allowed to purchase alcohol on Sunday. Why?

"I think it stems back from outdated laws from the past," Matt Schuetter says. 

"Indiana is pretty old school as a whole as a state," White says. 

While there might not be a clear cut answer, an agreement could change that. 

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and Indiana Retail Council are partnering up, and could potentially lead to carry-out alcohol sales on Sunday in the state. However, expanding cold beer sales would not be included. 

"I think it makes sense it's like why not," White says. 

Scheutter says, "I know a lot of people that when Sunday comes around they wish they could purchase a six pack."

But local liquor stores in the Tri-State say it could come at a cost to them. 

"I think it's going to help Schnucks and convenience stores, gas stations those guys that sell beer but they already have staff in place to work those days so it's not going to cost them more money to sell more beer, for us it'll cost," Seaman says. "We have to put people in the store."

Owner of Kwik liquor Pawan Sooch says, "It's just going to be additional employee cost and maybe more stress on a day that you were off."

Not matter what happens, some say it's worth a shot. 

"I think it's a great idea," Seaman says. "I think they need to do it I really do because that way we can get it off our back one way or another. You know ultimately we have to try these things to see if they work or not."

If this were to pass, it would not have new restrictions on how alcohol is displayed in stores. All of this comes before the state's alcohol code revision commission has it's next meeting scheduled for November 14. 

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(This story was originally published November 10, 2017)


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