Bill # and Title: SB 1 – Sunday Carryout Sales
Author: Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) and 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 the House on February 20 by a vote of 82-10 (this bill was identical to HB 1051); two days later, the Senate concurred with the House amendment to make the bill effective upon passage (instead of July 1, 2018.) The bill is now ready for Governor Holcomb’s signature.
Update/Chamber Action: Although this is not one of our priority issues, the Chamber supported this bill and HB 1051. We specifically 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; eliminate the temperature restriction for retail cold beer sales; and discourage 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: [email protected]