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House Committee OKs Sunday Sales; Cold Beer Gets Cold Shoulder From Senate Group

2018-01-19T15:01:44+00:00January 19th, 2018|

Bill # and Title: HB 1051 – Sunday Sales of Alcoholic Beverages for Carryout
Author: Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn)
Summary: This bill 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.
Chamber Position: Support
Status: Heard last week by the Public Policy Committee and voted on and passed this Wednesday on a 12-1 vote; Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) voted no. The bill is now eligible for further action on the House floor.

Update/Chamber Action: The Chamber previously provided testimony supporting this bill, stating that although this is not one of our priority issues, we consider it an important issue to get settled.


Bill # and Title:
SB 26 – Cold Beer Sales
Author: Sen. Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville)
Summary: This bill allows a beer dealer (a grocery store, convenience store or drug store) to sell beer at any temperature.
Chamber Position: Support
Status: Failed to pass out of the Public Policy Committee with a 1-9 vote; Sen. Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) was the only yes vote.

Update/Chamber Action: Similar to other alcohol legislation, the Chamber provided testimony that although this is not one of our priority issues, we consider it an important enough issue to be included in our Legislative Agenda. We support more logical and equitable policies that level the playing field for producers, distributors and retailers, as well as facilitate consumer convenience, including eliminating the temperature restriction for retail cold beer sales, as well as 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: gellis@indianachamber.com