Lawmakers approve 40 as Indiana alcohol ID age

Indiana's law requiring everyone—regardless of age—to provide identification when buying carry-out alcohol would be changed under a proposal approved by state legislators.

The House and Senate on Friday both overwhelmingly approved a new version that would no longer require store clerks to card customers who reasonably appear older than 40. That was a compromise from an earlier Senate-approved bill that set carding at age 50.

The current law went into effect last summer and drew complaints from senior citizens and others who said it made no sense.

Rep. Scott Pelath of Michigan City says the revision is proof that lawmakers listen to the people and can fix mistakes they make.

If Gov. Mitch Daniels signs the bill into law, the change would take effect July 1.

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