(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A group is again prodding Indiana lawmakers to change the state’s alcohol laws.
The Alliance of Responsible Alcohol Retailers rallied at the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday morning. Large chain grocery stores and independent gas stations have come together in the effort dubbed the "Change It Indiana" campaign.
The group wants to allow both alcohol sales on Sunday and expanded cold beer sales at retailers other than liquor stores.
State Senator Phil Boots (R-Crawfordsville) said he is planning to sponsor a bill in 2011 to make the changes after similar legislation failed to get through during the 2010 legislative session.
“It is unfortunate that Hoosiers are still battling prohibition laws nearly 80 years later,” Said Grant Monahan, president of the Indiana Retail Council.
So far, the alliance has gathered 52,000 signatures in an online petition.
Fighting against the two changes is the Indiana Association of Beverage Retailers. They argue that the being open Sunday and competing in cold beer sales with larger grocery chains would put many liquor stores out of business.
The Indiana General Assembly convenes on January 5, 2011.