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Landmark Agreement Could Lead To Sunday Sales Of Alcoholic Beverages In Indiana
Updated November 12, 2017 10:10 AM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Two groups of retailers Friday announced what they called "a landmark agreement" that could lead to Sunday sales in Indiana.

But another group representing convenience stores questioned the credibility of both organizations because they don't want changes in the displaying of alcohol that might allow convenience stores, groceries and drugstores to sell cold beer.

The Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers and the Indiana Retail Council said in a news release issued shortly after noon Friday that they support ending the state's ban on the retail sale of alcohol on Sundays, which has existed since Prohibition. But that had a caveat: No new restrictions on retailers on how alcohol is displayed in stores.

Scott Imus of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association said in a mid-afternoon news release that the partnership of the retail groups should be call into question their credibility. He said less than six months ago, the groups made entirely opposite claims.

The Beverage Retailers and the Retail Council also called on tripling fines for sales to minors, increasing penalties for adults who host parties and furnish alcohol to minors, and changes to require a mandatory age check for alcohol purchases, along with required video monitoring of store employees near alcoholic beverages.

State lawmakers were expected to take up the Sunday sales issue during the 2018 legislative session that formally begins in January.

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