Bill # and Title: SB 1 – Sunday Carryout Sales; HB 1051 – Sunday Sales of Alcoholic Beverages for Carryout
Authors: Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette); Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn)
Summary: Allows package liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores and qualifying restaurants to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from the hours of noon until 8 p.m. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Alcohol Code Revision Commission during 2017.)
Chamber Position: Support
Status: Passed out of the Senate Public Policy Committee with a 9-0 vote and is now eligible for action on the Senate floor; the House Public Policy Committee heard its bill but no vote was taken.
Update/Chamber Action: The Indiana Chamber provided testimony that although this is not one of our priority issues, we consider it an important issue to get settled. We support more logical and equitable policies that level the playing field for producers, distributors and retailers, as well as facilitate consumer convenience, including, but not limited to: sales of alcoholic products by licensed retailers should be available seven days a week; eliminating the temperature restriction for retail cold beer sales; and discouraging underage and inappropriate consumption of alcohol by expanding education, substance abuse and wellness programs, and enforcement of underage restrictions.
Resource: Greg Ellis at (317) 264-6881 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org