Sunday alcohol sales now legal in Indiana

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Holcomb signed Senate Bill 1 into law as legislative leaders surrounded him in his office at the Indiana Statehouse on Wednesday.

The new law will allow an estimated 3,800 liquor stores, groceries, pharmacies and convenience stores to sell any alcohol products between noon and 8 p.m. on Sundays.

"There is absolutely no need to any longer to make run for the border if you're a Hoosier or a Hoosier at heart", Holcomb says.

The governor's signature will put an immediate end to a ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales, which dates to the aftermath of Prohibition's repeal in 1933.

"This session, Indiana Republicans refused to even swing the bat", Zody said in the statement.

He said the revisions put the "archaic IN alcohol laws IN the rear-view".

IN is becoming the 41st state to allow Sunday liquor sales, according to the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.

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"Indiana's Alcohol Code Revision Commission did a great job in opening the conversation last summer, and it was good to see legislators act quickly to bring this long-awaited convenience to consumers", said Bosma.

You can now buy alcohol starting this and every Sunday in grocery, convenience, liquor, and drug stores statewide.

Some Sunday sales were allowed for travelers during the 1800s, but that practice was banned in the 1850s. Ron Alting, R-West Lafayette, passed the Senate 39-10.

"People are not going to buy more alcohol", he said.

"It's shameful that this appears to be a top priority", Indiana Democratic Party Chairman John Zody said.

Hoosier lawmakers also have debated whether to expand the sale of cold beer for carryout beyond package liquor stores.

A push by the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association for expanded cold beer sales went nowhere this year. "I think it's very hard for legislators to want to vote for cold beer, knowing the effect it will have on these people they have relationships with".

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