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Indiana Lawmakers Put Sunday Liquor Sales on the Shelf – Again [POLL]

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Having a get together on any given Sunday? If you live in Indiana, you’ll still have to get your alcohol-based party supplies on Saturday, at least for another year.

The Evansville Courier and Press reports that Indiana House Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Davis, R-Portland, decided earlier in the week to not send the bill to the House floor for a vote after he said a hearing on the bill, where both sides were given the chance to present their arguments, didn’t provide him with any new information that changed his opinion on lifting the ban.

While some states have limits on Sunday alcohol sales, Indiana is the last state standing when it comes to a complete ban on carryout sales of alcohol. Meaning you can’t go to a liquor, convenience, or grocery store and pick up a six pack on a Sunday. You can however, hit up a restaurant, or a bar that serves food and have a drink as long as you’re staying there.

Personally, I think the law is way overdue for a change. I’m not sure how it started in the first place. My assumption is that it’s more than likely an old law based on religion and keeping Sunday, a.k.a. “the Sabbath”, holy. If you know the actual answer, feel free to drop me a line and let me know.

Not only would Sunday alcohol sales be more convenient for those of us that forget to grab a six-pack, or whatever, before a Sunday get together, but according to a group called Hoosiers for Beverage Choices, the state is losing out on an estimated $9 million dollars in tax revenue by not allowing Sunday sales.

If the goal is to curb the amount of alcohol being consumed, I can’t imagine the law is being effective. It’s still being purchased, just not on Sunday’s. For me, it all comes down to convenience. Let’s say I don’t have anywhere to be on a Sunday, instead it’s the middle of the summer and I just finished doing some yard work. I’m hot, sweaty, and a cold beer just sounds good, but I don’t have any in the house. Is it the end of the world? No. Could I drive across the twin bridges and grab some cold beer in Henderson if I wanted it bad enough? Yes. However, it would be WAY more convenient if I could drive to the liquor store four blocks away and grab some brew, or run to the grocery store a mile or so away and pick something up there. It’s a completely selfish reason, I know, but it seems the residual effects of increased revenue from the state would benefit everyone, including those who don’t drink.

That’s my two cents. What do you think? Weigh in by casting your vote in the poll below and feel free to continue the discussion in the comments section below.

[Source: Evansville Courier & Press / Change It Indiana.org]

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