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Group plans another push for Sunday alcohol sales

December 14, 2011

A coalition of convenience and grocery stores said Wednesday that they will renew their push for Sunday carry-out alcohol sales and cold sales of beer, but with a twist.

Rather than seeking sales of all cold beer, the Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers will ask lawmakers to let them sell cold Indiana-brewed beer.

State Sen. Phil Boots, R-Crawfordsville, and Rep. Cindy Noe, R-Indianapolis, plan to introduce the bills.

“I am pleased to sponsor this legislation to change Indiana’s outdated alcohol laws,” Boots said in a statement. “I have listened to Hoosiers who want greater shopping convenience, expanded buying choices and more competitive pricing.”

Indiana is currently one of only 13 states that prohibit the carry-out sale of alcohol on Sundays. It is the only state that distinguishes the types of retailers that can sell beer based on temperatures, according to the alliance.

The group is likely facing a tough fight. Similar proposals have not received legislative support in the past, in part because the owners of liquor stores, which are permitted to sell cold beer, say they are meant to drive them out of business.
 

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