Sunday alcohol sales a priority in legislative session

However, Indiana's Republican supermajorities are returning to the statehouse without a major goal they hope to accomplish.

Posted: Jan 2, 2018 11:02 PM
Updated: Jan 2, 2018 11:13 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Indiana lawmakers are heading back to work Wednesday.

However, Indiana's Republican supermajorities are returning to the statehouse without a major goal they hope to accomplish.

There is a wide range of bills already proposed, many include protecting children, education and health care.

It appears the top priority in the senate is lifting Indiana's long standing ban on Sunday alcohol sales.

Senate Bill One would allow stores to sell carryout alcohol on Sundays from noon until 8:00 p.m.

Two once opposing lobbyist groups came together over the summer to support allowing Hoosiers to buy beer, wine, and liquor seven days a week.

Something many people in Fort Wayne want to see.

"It's an old law. Get rid of it. It's crazy," said Theresa George.

Hoosiers could be able to buy a case of beer seven days a week without having to cross state lines.

State senators are seriously considering lifting the decades old ban on Sunday alcohol sales.

"That's senate bill one so that obviously shows that there's some importance to that. It's an issue that's been talked about for a long time," said Rep. Phil GiaQuinta.

In July, the Alcohol Code Revision Commission recommended legislatures allow the $3,800 retailers who sell alcohol do so on Sundays.

A move people like George said should've been done a long time ago.

"We're one of that last few, lets put it that way. Why don't we? That's my question, is why don't we?" she said.

Senator Liz Brown said that's because it's not just black and white.

"I think it's an interesting issue, it's just a lot of moving parts. We have wineries that are open and sell on Sunday," said Brown.

Right now, lawmakers don't think it will have much of an impact on alcohol sales if it is passed, just making it more convenient for Hoosiers.

But, it could mean more money in tax revenue if people are buying booze here.

"We're loosing revenue in the state. What's the purpose? I mean they sell it on Saturday. It's not like you're keeping alcohol out of the state," said George.

The Indiana House and Senate reconvenes for the short 10-week session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

You can follow the progress of any bill online.

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