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New bid planned to end Indiana's Sunday alcohol sales ban

January 7, 2016

Another attempt could be coming to end Indiana's eight decades-old ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales.

Indiana House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody of LaPorte said he's working on a bill legalizing Sunday sales that he expects to file next week.

Dermody told The Indianapolis Star that he believes lawmakers learned a lot about the issue during a long debate over a similar bill he sponsored last year. He pulled that bill after deciding he didn't have enough shttp://www.ibj.com/articles/51965-legislator-sunday-alcohol-bill-did-not-have-the-votesupport for it to pass after the legislation was severely modified in the legislative process. 

Grocery stores and pharmacies say the ban costs them millions of dollars annually in sales. Liquor store owners fear lifting the ban would increase their operating costs without generating much additional revenue.

Indiana has the last statewide "blue law" prohibiting Sunday retail sales of beer and other alcohol.

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