Raise A Glass! Sunday Alcohol Sales Bill Headed To Governor
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Sunday alcohol sales are just a signature away from being legalized in Indiana.
On Thursday, the Indiana Senate voted 38-10 to pass Senate Bill 1 – just two days after it passed in the House.
The bill now goes to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk for final approval. Holcomb said Thursday he does not plan to let “too many Sundays” pass before he signs it into law.
Once signed, alcohol will immediately be available for sale on Sundays from noon to 8:00 p.m. The original version of the bill was amended to remove the effective date of July 1, 2018.
SB 1 does not legalize the sale of cold beer at grocery and convenience stores. That proposal was part of a different piece of legislation which lawmakers sidelined in January. Fearing losing their cold beer monopoly, liquor store owners struck a deal to allow Sunday sales.
Jon Sinder, chairman of the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers, said members support the Sunday sales bill.
“Indiana’s small business package liquor stores have been preparing for this outcome for months by updating work schedules and if needed hiring, training and licensing new employees that reach the highest standards of safety as required by Indiana law. Indiana’s neighborhood package liquor stores have been responsible merchants of alcohol products since 1933 and we will be ready to open our doors on Sundays for the first time. We are eager to welcome our loyal customers,” said Sinder.
When it happens, Indiana will drop off a list of about a dozen states that still ban carry-out sales of beer, wine, and liquor. The law dates back to the end of Prohibition.