Poll Puts Alcohol Laws in Spotlight Again

Posted: Updated:
Ricker's previously sold cold beer for carryout at the restaurants inside its Columbus and Sheridan locations. Ricker's previously sold cold beer for carryout at the restaurants inside its Columbus and Sheridan locations.
INDIANAPOLIS -

The Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association has released a poll showing more than 70 percent of Hoosiers favor allowing drug, grocery and convenience stores to sell cold beer, and nearly two-thirds support Sunday alcohol sales. However, Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers Vice Chair Jon Sinder says those numbers "miss the point," arguing alcohol is a dangerous commodity that "is not meant to be convenient."

The survey also suggests a majority of respondents favor allowing minors into liquor stores and oppose requiring all alcohol to be sold behind counters in drug, grocery and convenience stores. It poll also reported 80 percent of respondents saying putting reforms in place would have no impact on their buying habits.

At an event touting the poll results Monday, the IPCA also announced the launch of Chill Indiana - a public awareness campaign that the organization says will take a sometimes satirical look at what it calls archaic laws.

In a statement from the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers following that event, Sinder argued that Indiana needs strict alcohol regulations, saying, when abused, "alcohol can destroy lives, families and communities."

The study was conducted by Florida-based Fabrizio, Lee & Associates, and involved 600 registered voters contacted by landline and cellphone between May 8-11.

Indiana's alcohol laws were in the spotlight during the most recent legislative session, when lawmakers approved a bill closing a so-called loophole that allowed Ricker's convenience stores to sell cold beer. The measure prohibits restaurants from selling carryout alcohol unless at least 60 percent of their gross retail income from alcoholic beverage sales comes from drinks consumed on the premises.

  • Perspectives

    • Creating the Work Spaces that Draw Talent to Indianapolis

      The future economy will be driven by data, powered by robotics and heavily invested in the building blocks of nature – biotech and genetic engineering. That’s true of the economy nationwide, and it’s especially true here in Indianapolis, where dominant pharmaceutical and biotech companies are putting us at the cutting edge of the science-based economy. It all sounds larger than life. But the facilities that will house these industries will always be...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

      Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

      The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.  

    • Amanda Stephenson is the founder and president of Expert RN|MD. (Inside INdiana Business Photo/Mary-Rachel Redman)

      Medical Consulting Firm Opens Downtown Indy HQ

      A medical consulting startup is celebrating the grand opening of its new downtown Indianapolis headquarters. The Indiana Economic Development Corp. says Expert RN|MD, which provides medical consultation services to law firms and life science companies, is investing $1.7 million in the new location and plans to create up to 21 jobs by the end of 2023. The firm was founded in 2018 and recently renovated the 4,000-square-foot space in the downtown's Wholesale District. In an interview...

    • Allison and Stanley Chen provided the lead gift for the campaign. (Provided Photo/ISI)

      International School Launches Capital Campaign

      The International School of Indiana has publicly launched a capital campaign to establish a unified campus in Indianapolis. As part of the ONE ISI campaign, the school is looking to raise $6.5 million to build a new school building for pre-elementary and elementary students at the site of its middle and high schools. The public launch follows a 10-month silent phase of the campaign, during which ISI raised $5 million from more than two dozen donors. Currently, ISI's operations are...

    • Rendering courtesy of the city of Fort Wayne

      Mayor Henry Announces Developer for $70M Project

      Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has named Indianapolis-based Barrett & Stokely the developer for a $70 million project on the city's riverfront near Promenade Park. The company was selected from a group of five firms that submitted requests for proposals to spearhead the project.

    • Money magazine judges Fishers as 3rd best place to live in the U.S.

      Fishers Makes Top 10 List of 'Best Places to Live'

      Three communities in Indiana made the top 100 list of best places to live in the country, but only one made the top 10. Fishers was judged by Money magazine as the third best place to live in the United States, behind Clarksville, Tennessee and Round Rock, Texas.