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Indiana Senate passes Sunday alcohol sales bill, governor plans to sign

A bill that would legalize the sale of carryout alcohol on Sundays has passed through the Indiana General Assembly.

The Senate passed a concurrence bill Thursday that would legalize the sale of carryout alcohol in liquor, grocery, drug and convenience stores from noon to 8 p.m. on Sundays. 

The House and the Senate bills had been making their way through the legislature this session. The Senate voted in agreement with the House version Thursday, giving the bill the legislature's final approval.

Gov. Eric Holcomb is expected to sign it into law next week, meaning Hoosiers could begin purchasing alcohol on Sundays as early as Sunday, March 4. 

Originally, the bill would have gone into effect starting July 1, just like all other bills which are passed in the Indiana General Assembly. However, the bill was amended last week to go into effect as soon it becomes law. 

The bill ends Indiana's longtime post-Prohibition style law making it illegal to purchase alcohol for carryout on Sundays.

Laurel Demkovich

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