Law Costs Indiana An Estimated $9 Million A Year In Tax Revenue

New Push To Allow Alcohol Carryout Sales In Indiana

By Michael Konopasek

December 5, 2010 Updated Dec 8, 2010 at 9:33 PM EDT

ANTWERP, Ohio (Indiana's NewsCenter) - If a certain Indiana lawmaker gets his way, the prohibition on Sunday alcohol sales could be a thing of the past.

State Senator Phil Boots of Crawfordsville, Ind. says the alcohol ban should be reconsidered by the State Legislature.

Indiana is one of just three states that bans Sunday carryout sales.

Right now, Hoosiers who want to buy carryout liquor on Sundays need to travel to neighboring states.

Sunday, December 5 was no different. Indiana's NewsCenter caught up with Hoosiers traveling across the state line to Ohio to buy their alcohol. Many people from Indiana were purchasing beer at the Pit Stop Convenience Store in Antwerp, Ohio for the Colts game.

"On Sunday afternoons we do see a lot of people come over from Indiana to purchase beer," said store owner Christy DeLong. "We do have customers call from Indiana to see what our hours are on Sundays."

Those making the drive to Antwerp shared their opinions on the push to change the law.

"[If the law is changed], people [won't] have to drive all the way from Fort Wayne to Ohio, especially in the snow, where you can run off the road just to get a beer," said Fort Wayne resident Jonathan Hostetler. "[The current law] is kind of useless."

Others think the change in law will not have any affect on people.

"I don't think [the current law] is hindering anyone from purchasing alcohol or planning ahead," said former Indiana resident Rachel Ousley. "I don't think it is going to make a difference either way."

It is estimated that Indiana loses $9 million a year in tax revenue to neighboring states due to the current band on carryout alcohol sales.

The law was created when Indiana was admitted to the Union in 1816.

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