Momentum building for change in Sunday alcohol sales

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INDIANAPOLIS – The push for Sunday alcohol sales is gaining momentum during the 2013 legislative session, but it still faces stiff opposition.

Indiana remains the last state in the nation banning alcohols sales on Sundays—a rule that traces its roots back to the Prohibition Era. Two bills introduced during the current session would change the law that restricts Sunday sales to restaurants, bars, breweries and wineries.

Lawmakers point to the possibility for increased sales and more tax revenue for the state.

Many grocery stores and chains support lifting the ban. After all, Sunday is the second-largest shopping day of the week and allowing liquor sales would provide a boost to those retailers.

Most liquor stores, on the other hand, don’t support the change. They’d have to pay to staff their stores on Sunday—something they don’t currently have to do. Liquor stores are afraid the extra day would essentially spread out six days in sales over seven days—while they face stiffer competition from grocery stores who can also sell alcohol on Sundays.

Liquor store owners also contend that their staffs are trained and licensed to keep minors from getting access to alcohol.

Lawmakers have shown signs of loosening such restrictions. In 2010, they approved a bill allowing microbreweries to sell carryout beer on Sundays.

5 comments

    • I pay attention

      True. Just like everything else in this backward state. People pushing their beliefs on others, no self-respecting religion needs to validate its beliefs by forcing them down others' throats.

    • Toter

      Us bible toters have no problems with Sunday liquor Or car sales. We like our wine. You should stop by your local church, might do you some good!

  • kxd

    They should also allow auto sale on Sundays. Commerce is commerce and there should be no restrictions on ANY transaction based on something as arbitrary as what day of the week it is.

  • Duane

    I've never understood the laws like these. No booze on Sunday, no car sales on Sunday. Its just another day of the week. If you want to get "technical", Saturday is the Sabbath. Thats why Calendars all start with the first day of the week being Sunday. So Saturday would be the "7th" day.

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