Indiana governor pledges to sign Sunday alcohol sales bill

February 22, 2018
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Gov. Eric Holcomb said he "won't let too many Sundays pass" before signing a bill that would overturn a decades-old Indiana law that bans carryout alcohol sales on that day.

Holcomb's remarks Thursday came hours before what is expected to be a final state Senate vote to send the historic bill to his desk. Holcomb said he has a pen ready.

Lawmakers for decades have debated ending the Prohibition-era ban on retail Sunday alcohol sales. But those proposals all foundered amid squabbling by interest groups.

That abruptly changed this year with measures soaring through both chambers of the Legislature.

The House even made a change, making the new law effective immediately after it is signed.

The legislation would allow stores to sell carryout alcohol on Sundays between noon and 8 p.m.

The Senate must take one final vote, signing off on that change before it goes to Holcomb.


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