Why Wait? Amended Bill Could Make Sunday Alcohol Sales Legal Immediately
By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Those clamoring for the legalization of Sunday carry-out alcohol sales in Indiana may get their wish sooner than expected.
The House Public Police Committee advanced Senate Bill 1 to eliminate the Prohibition-era ban on retail Sunday alcohol sales on a 9-1 vote Tuesday.
The bill had stated that Sunday carryout sales would become legal on July 1. Before the vote, however, committee chairman State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) added an amendment that would allow the Sunday ban to be repealed immediately upon being signed into law by the governor.
Separate versions of Sunday sales bills have passed the House and Senate already, with the respective bills now being considered in the opposite chamber. Each bill would allow beer, wine, and liquor to be sold on Sundays between noon and 8:00 p.m.
“This is a great step toward modernizing Indiana’s alcohol code,” said bill author Senator Ron Alting (R-Lafayette). “Hoosiers want the convenience of buying alcohol on Sunday, and now is the time to pass this bill into law.”