Bill pushes for Sunday alcohol sales

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 21, 2015) – Grabbing a drink on a Sunday could get a little easier.  Currently, stores are not allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays, but a lawmaker is proposing to change that.

Representative Tom Dermody wrote House Bill 1624.  If passed, the bill would allow grocery stores, convenience stores and liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and allow microbreweries and wineries to sell from Sunday morning at 7 until 3 a.m. the next day.

“I think we’ve listened to both sides the packaged liquor stores and the big box stores but most importantly the Hoosiers and Hoosiers want the debate and they would like to have Sunday sales,” Dermody explained.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers is not in favor of the proposed change.  The group issued a statement saying the law would “have ill effects on Hoosier communities” and “all evidence documents that there will be no additional revenue impact by extending sales.”

Chester Smith is the manager of Alabama Liquor Store.  Smith understands Sunday sales would be more convenient for customers but having the store open an extra day means paying to staff it.

“It would be a better deal for the grocery stores and CVS (stores)–places like that because they are already open, no additional pay or anything for them,” explains Smith.

Dermody is the sponsor of the bill as well as the chairman that of the committee that would review it.

“This has been an issue I’ve heard about for a number of years.  I think it’s time to have the debate, have the discussion, and have the legislature weigh in and make a decision whether will Indiana will have Sunday sales or not,” he said.

More revisions to House Bill 1624 are expected in the next couple weeks.

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