(Indianapolis, Ind.) - The annual debate on whether to allow liquor sales on Sunday is ramping up at the Indiana Statehouse.
A hearing on the liquor law is scheduled to begin at the Statehouse on Wednesday. Senate Bill 13 would allow a package liquor store, farm winery, or microbrewery with the proper permits to sell carryout alcoholic beverages on Sunday. There is a similar piece of legislation, House Bill 1146, being considered in the House.
While Sunday sales might make life easier for consumers, it could have an adverse affect on those who sell the booze.
Beverage retailer Ray Cox says he doesn't want the liquor law to change because smaller stores like his would eventually be driven out of business by the bigger chains.
“It’s really a big guy, little guy issue,” said Cox.
Cox says the smaller stores would have to pay employees to stay open on Sundays to compete with the grocery stores and convenience stores that are already open, and that would increase their costs.
“Very simply put, Sunday sales in Indiana would cost 2,000 Hoosier jobs,” Cox cautions.
SB 13 would relax some other Indiana liquor laws. One provision of the bill would allow minors to enter a liquor store if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 21.