Indiana House passes Sunday alcohol sales bill a day after Senate

Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The Indiana House has passed a proposal that would allow the sale of alcohol on Sundays in Indiana.

The House on Tuesday approved House Bill 1051, which would allow for alcohol to be purchased from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Any establishment already selling alcohol Monday through Saturday, would now be able to do so on Sundays.

The bill was authored by State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), who chairs the House Committee on Public Policy.

“We haven’t had Sunday alcohol sales since prohibition,” Smaltz said. “Statistics show Sunday as the biggest shopping day for consumers, and a majority of Hoosiers have voiced they want the Sunday alcohol ban lifted.”

House Bill 1051 now moves to the Senate for further consideration.

Tuesday’s vote comes after the Indiana Senate on Monday approved a bill by Republican Sen. Ron Alting of Lafayette that would repeal Indiana’s ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales. That bill, too, would allow stores to sell carryout alcohol on Sundays between noon and 8 p.m.

That bill has been sent to the House for consideration.

Similar bills have stalled in recent years. But Republican legislative leaders say now’s the time to act.

In the wake of Monday’s vote, Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers Chairman Jon Sinder released this statement:

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers applauds the Indiana State Senate for successfully passing Senate Bill 1, a landmark piece of legislation that if signed into law will allow Hoosiers to purchase alcohol for carryout on Sundays for the first time since prohibition. This is an important milestone in the legislative process and we are eager to continue working directly with legislators to make sure that this bill is ultimately signed by the Governor and becomes law.”

Separate legislation that would have allowed convenience stores, big box retailers and pharmacies to sell cold – and not just warm – beer faced a different fate. It was voted down in committee last week.

Selling cold carryout beer is a right primarily enjoyed by liquor stores.

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