Sunday Sales Bill Now Awaits The Governor

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A bill allowing Sunday carryout alcohol sales in Indiana is headed to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk. The measure will take effect upon its passage, rather than waiting until July 1 when approved laws are typically slated to take effect. When the vote to concur was brought to the full Senate floor Thursday, Senate Bill 1 author Ron Alting (R-22) called it a historic moment for the state.

Thursday's vote succeeded by a 38-10 margin. Last week, the bill that included the key timeline amendment cleared the House 82-10. If the legislation is signed into law, the sale of alcohol on Sundays at licensed retailers will be permitted in the state from noon until 8 p.m.

When Alting introduced the House Concurrent Resolution to move the bill to Governor Eric Holcomb's desk, he said "I respectfully ask for members to vote yes in favor of this and making history in Indiana, allowing Sunday sales and carryout on Sunday. Thank you, members of the Senate."

Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers Chairman Jon Sinder released the following statement shortly after the vote:

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers congratulates the Indiana State Senate for voting today to concur with Senate Bill 1 which will send this historic piece of legislation to the Governor’s desk.  This is only the latest milestone in the long legislative process that we expect to end with Hoosiers being able to purchase alcohol for carryout on Sunday for the first time since prohibition. 

We would especially like to commend Chairman Ben Smaltz and Chairman Ron Alting for their work in shepherding this landmark bill through the Indiana General Assembly and we appreciate Governor Eric Holcomb who has indicated his intention to sign it into law.    

Indiana’s small business package liquor stores have been preparing for this outcome for months by updating work schedules and if needed hiring, training and licensing new employees that reach the highest standards of safety as required by Indiana law. Indiana’s neighborhood package liquor stores have been responsible merchants of alcohol products since 1933 and we will be ready to open our doors on Sundays for the first time.  We are eager to welcome our loyal customers.

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