Sunday Alcohol Bill Kicks The Suds-Bucket In Committee

Jan 28, 2016

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Hoosiers won’t be able to buy alcohol in stores on Sundays anytime soon.

A bill that would have allowed for Sunday sales quickly died in committee Wednesday.

The bill met the same fate as many Sunday sales bills before it — the measure was quickly voted down five to eight in the House public policy committee.

Several members of the committee including Republican Representative Ed Clere cited concerns about access to alcohol in pharmacies and grocery stores.

“I especially have concerns about the placement and display and access to hard liquor,” he says.

But Republican Representative Tom Dermody says his bill has nothing to do with those issues. 

“I believe if that was a big issue,” he says, “we would have been filled with bills to deal with that in this session.”

Dermody proposed a more comprehensive Sunday sales bill last session, but the measure died on the House floor.

Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers President Patrick Tamm released a statement praising the committee’s decision to reject the bill and maintain the status quo.