• by Kirk Gaw

State Approves Sunday Alcohol Carry Out

Since “Prohibition,” people in Walkerton have not been able to legally carry-out alcoholic beverages. The State is changing all of that. On Thursday Indiana lawmakers have voted to overturn a decades-old law banning Sunday carry out alcohol sales. Finally, the historic bill has been sent to the desk of Gov. Eric Holcomb, who said he "won't let too many Sundays pass" before signing it.

Lawmakers since I was a kid 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 it effective immediately after it is signed. The Senate voted 38-10 to sign off on that change, sending the bill to Holcomb.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers Chairman Jon Sinder has released the statement below following the Senate concurrence of SB 1 Sunday Sales: “The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers congratulates the Indiana State Senate for voting today to concur with Senate Bill 1 which will send this historic piece of legislation to the Governor’s desk. This is only the latest milestone in the long legislative process that we expect to end with Hoosiers being able to purchase alcohol for carryout on Sunday for the first time since prohibition.

We would especially like to commend Chairman Ben Smaltz and Chairman Ron Alting for their work in shepherding this landmark bill through the Indiana General Assembly and we appreciate Governor Eric Holcomb who has indicated his intention to sign it into law.

Indiana’s small business package liquor stores have been preparing for this outcome for months by updating work schedules and if needed hiring, training and licensing new employees that reach the highest standards of safety as required by Indiana law. Indiana’s neighborhood package liquor stores have been responsible merchants of alcohol products since 1933 and we will be ready to open our doors on Sundays for the first time. We are eager to welcome our loyal customers.”

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