A bill has been filed in the Indiana House that would allow Sunday alcohol sales at liquor stores, groceries and pharmacies. Co-authored by Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, and Terri Austin, D-Anderson, this is not the first time such legislation has been discussed.
Similar efforts in years past have met with resistance from the state’s powerful liquor store lobby amid fears that it would increase costs without adding more revenue. Consequently, past measures have not even made it out of committee.
Supporters hope this year will be different, though. Kroger and other national grocery store chains are leading a grass-roots effort to back the legislation in hopes of overturning the Prohibition-era ban.
“We have a chairman that seems to be willing to look at the issue, we have a speaker that’s willing to look at the issue, and we have a public where the majority is in favor of the change,” said Rep. Eberhart, who remains optimistic.
House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte, has not yet decided whether to give the measure a hearing, but will likely do so in the next few weeks.
The 2015 legislative session runs from now through April 29.
Source: Indy Star