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House committee passes bill allowing carryout alcohol sales on Sundays


Big Red Liquors, located on North College Avenue, can't sell alcohol on Sundays due to the Indiana law from 1853 preventing it from doing so. This could change though, as the Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission reviews alcohol-related laws, many of which have been in place since Prohibition. Marlie Bruns Buy Photos

A state House of Representatives committee passed a bill Wednesday that would allow the sale of carryout alcohol on Sundays.

The House Public Policy Committee passed House Bill 1051, which would allow liquor stores, grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores and restaurants to sell carryout alcohol.

The bill will now head to the full House for a vote. 

The bill is similar to one currently making its way through the Senate. If passed, Senate Bill 1 would allow stores to sell alcohol from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. However, before its second reading, an amendment was added to the bill, saying carryout alcohol sales should be allowed from 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. Monday through Sunday.

The bill passed through the Senate Public Policy Committee last week and was read Tuesday for the second time in front of the full Senate. 

The two bills were proposed in the two chambers and are making their way through the legislature separately but, if passed, would allow for the same thing.

Both bills still have many steps to go through before being put into law. Neither will pass through the House or Senate until a third reading, and after that, both must pass through the opposite chamber. 

Laurel Demkovich

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