Sunday alcohol sales

Alcohol Commission Recommends Sunday Sales

Nov 14, 2017

A special panel studying Indiana’s alcohol laws recommends the legislature legalize Sunday alcohol laws – with some limitations. The commission Tuesday postponed any other recommendations.

The alcohol commission voted in support of a preliminary draft for legislation to allow Sunday alcohol sales. The proposal would give liquor, grocery, and convenience stores the ability to sell alcohol for carry-out between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

The head of a special study commission isn’t entirely on board with a recent deal struck between grocery and liquor stores in the ongoing debate over changes to Indiana’s alcohol laws.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council, representing liquor stores and grocery stores respectively, have partnered to ask the General Assembly to legalize Sunday alcohol sales.

But they're also pushing against legalizing cold beer sales in convenience stores.

The partnership comes as members of Indiana’s Alcohol Commission prepare their final recommendation for state lawmakers.

Alcohol Commission Prepares For Final Report

Oct 24, 2017

Members of a panel examining the state’s alcohol laws began to prepare their final recommendations for the General Assembly on Tuesday. With just a few meetings left, some are concerned about the group tackling so much.

There was discussion at the latest meeting about relatively small issues related to alcohol sales, like direct wine shipping and alcohol disposal.

But commission member Terry Bauer says with such a tight timeline the group needs to focus on two big issues – legalizing Sunday sales and allowing certain businesses to sell cold beer.

Former Senator Tapped To Lead Alcohol Law Study Panel

Jul 11, 2017

 

Indiana Senate GOP Leader David Long chose a familiar face to lead a new commission studying the state’s alcohol laws – former Republican Sen. Beverly Gard.

Gard served 24 years in the Indiana Senate. Her time there included committee leadership on regulatory and environmental issues.

Indiana convenience stores want Hoosiers to hear directly from them on the need for changes to the state’s alcohol laws.

They’re launching an advocacy campaign that comes as lawmakers prepare to study alcohol laws this summer.

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.

Lawmakers To Reopen Sunday Alcohol Sales Discussion

Jan 19, 2016
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There’s another new push by Indiana lawmakers to lift Indiana's ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales.

Legislators are expected to discuss the idea next week.

The bill represents a new attempt by House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) to end the state's status as having the country's last statewide "blue law" prohibiting Sunday alcohol sales.

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The chairman of one of the most powerful committees at the statehouse won't run for a sixth term next year.

House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody (R-LaPorte) says Republicans have talked to him about other offices, and doesn't rule it out in the future. But he says it's time to step aside for now after 10 years, especially since his son will be a senior in high school next year.

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The author of legislation legalizing Sunday alcohol sales declared the bill dead Tuesday after he couldn’t muster enough votes to pass it out of the House.  Groups on either side of the issue are pointing fingers at each other over who’s to blame for its failure:

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