Renewed Push for Sunday Alcohol Sales in Indiana

By Scott Sarvay
By Max Resnik

December 14, 2011 Updated Dec 14, 2011 at 6:41 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A renewed push for Sunday alcohol sales in Indiana was made Wednesday.

Indiana is one of just three states that do not allow Sunday carryout sales.

Members of the "Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers" will ask Hoosier lawmakers to change the state's liquor laws during the upcoming legislative session.

Under their proposal, the ARAR, in addition to State Sen. Phil Boots (R-Indianapolis) and State Rep. Cindy Noe (R-Indianapolis), recommends that the state adopt carry-out of liquor on Sundays and permit the sale of cold Indiana brewed beer.

Andy Downs with the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics says this has been a long fought battle in the Hoosier State. He says counties that border Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio might have the strongest arguments to make. Those states allow liquor sales on Sundays.

“Border counties will point out that they lose sales because somebody can go over to Ohio or up to Michigan, Kentucky or Illinois and pick up alcohol on Sundays. There is a certain argument that we lose sales revenue, lose tax revenue because of this.”

On the flip side, Downs says Mom and Pop convenience stores oppose these measures. He says they argue that it will cost them more money to remain open on Sundays as well as pay staff.

Downs says the new approach to slowly implementing looser regulations on liquor sales on Sundays could be the key to an eventual open liquor sale on Sundays.

He does say however, that it will be tough to get any legislation passed.




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