Indiana House committee votes in favor of Sunday alcohol sales

Indiana House committee votes in favor of Sunday alcohol sales

And they say excise police are already understaffed, and more cold beer outlets would stretch them even thinner. By a vote of 9-1, expanded cold beer sales will not be moving forward in the Indiana Senate.

A Senate committee voted unanimously last week in favor of a similar bill allowing carryout alcohol sales between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

However, House Public Policy Chair Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, who serves on the code revision commission, made a decision to hear the cold beer legislation, Senate Bill 26, during a three-hour session.

Those supporting the change, like Tony Carf with Speedway convenience stores lampooned IN for being behind the times, and urged lawmakers to let the bill advance.

Matt Norris, on behalf of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said the request was simple.

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Chuck Taylor is the chief executive officer of Evansville-based Chuckles Convenience Stores & Gas Stations, which operates almost two dozen IN convenience stores and several more IN Kentucky, employing 320. "Without those licenses, we couldn't be competitive", he said.

"Multiple studies have proven that the single greatest predictor of violent crimes in neighborhoods is the alcohol outlet density", Summers said. This could change though, as the Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission reviews alcohol-related laws, many of which have been in place since Prohibition.

The bill is similar to one now making its way through the Senate. "I think it's important to be sensitive to that, represent those folks and limit the hours of Sunday sales", said Rep.

Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, who chaired the committee, held the hearing for the first time ever to open up the dialogue.

Not everyone agrees. Several people spoke out against the bill in front of the committee Wednesday, including Jay Singh.