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The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) is applauding the Indiana legislature for voting to end a Prohibition-era ban on Sunday alcohol sales with Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 1051. Governor Eric Holcomb has indicated he will move to quickly sign the legislation, which would make Indiana the 41st state to allow Sunday sales.

“The Indiana legislature today voted to end one of the last remnants of Prohibition,” said Distilled Spirits Council Vice President Dale Szyndrowski. “Hoosiers want a modern marketplace that allows alcohol sales on Sunday – just like in neighboring states. It is important that shoppers be able to buy from local businesses and invest their tax dollars in Indiana, instead of making a trip across the border.”

UPDATE: Indiana Governor Holcomb Signs Bill Modernizing Marketplace for Hoosier Consumers. “Hoosiers will now be able to purchase alcohol on the second busiest shopping day of the year. Helping local businesses and the economy is something that everyone can toast,” said Dale Szyndrowski.

Senate Bill 1
Sunday carryout sales. Allows the following to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.: (1) A package liquor store, grocery store, convenience store, or drug store. (2) A restaurant that satisfies the requirements to sell carryout. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the alcohol code revision commission.)

House Bill 1051
Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages for carryout. Allows the following to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.: (1) A package liquor store, grocery store, convenience store, or drug store. (2) A restaurant that satisfies the requirements to sell carryout. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the alcohol code revision commission.)

States Allowing Sunday Sales of Distilled Spirits

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Economic Impact in Indiana Revenue

According to an economic analysis, statewide Sunday sales of alcohol in Indiana could generate between $7.7 and $11.5 million in new tax revenues for the state. In addition, Sunday sales would increase Indiana sales volume by an estimated 4 to 6 percent annually, which translates to $3.3.to $5 million in new retail sales.

Last year, Minnesota and Oklahoma also voted to allow Sunday alcohol sales. Since 2002, 19 states have passed Sunday sales legislation bringing the total to 41 states across the country.

No Cold Beer Sales at Convenience Stores

In another unusual Indiana law you can only purchase cold beer at liquor stores. Convenience stores, gas stations and big box stores are prohibited from selling cold beer. From a consumer point of view it makes no sense, from a business point of view, the liquor stores are worried they would lose out on cold beer sales that would shift to convenience stores. For now, the legislature has kicked this can down the road.

Senate Bill 1
Sunday carryout sales. Allows the following to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.: (1) A package liquor store, grocery store, convenience store, or drug store. (2) A restaurant that satisfies the requirements to sell carryout. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the alcohol code revision commission.)

House Bill 1051
Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages for carryout. Allows the following to sell alcoholic beverages for carryout on Sunday from noon until 8 p.m.: (1) A package liquor store, grocery store, convenience store, or drug store. (2) A restaurant that satisfies the requirements to sell carryout. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the alcohol code revision commission.)

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Source: DISCUS

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