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Last updated on Wednesday, December 14, 2011
(UNDATED) - A group called the Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers says it’s time for Indiana to do away with antiquated laws regarding alcohol sales.
The group is lobbying the general assembly on two separate fronts. They want state lawmakers to allow Sunday carry out sales in addition to cold beer sales at convenience, drug and grocery stores in Indiana.
Sen. Phil Boots and rep. Cindy Noe say Indiana is losing $9 million in sales tax revenue and retailers are losing $129 million every year to consumers who buy their alcohol across state lines on Sundays. Both plan to sponsor and support legislation in the upcoming general assembly.
Hoosiers For Beverage Choices Director Matt Norris says Indiana is one of only 13 states that ban carry out alcohol sales on Sundays. He says his group is among those who've collected 53,000 Hoosier signatures on petitions to change the laws.
Meanwhile, Tim Bristol of Advocates Helping to Educate Against Drugs says alcohol is already widely available to Indiana consumers. Bristol says increased alcohol availability will impact public health and safety.
Bristol argues that alcohol is already regulated and controlled due to its potential harmful effects and for this reason among others, restrictions should remain in place.
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