(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Yet again, a proposal to change Indiana law to allow alcohol to be sold at stores on Sundays has been poured down the drain.
House Bill 1146 would have allowed carry-out sales of alcohol at most retailers seven days a week. On Wednesday, House Public Policy Committee Chairman Bill Davis (R-Portland) said he will not allow the legislation to come up for a vote.
Davis did allow a first-ever hearing on the proposal to lift the Sunday ban last week.
The organization Hoosiers for Beverage Choices called the chairman’s decision extremely disappointing.
“There is no legitimate public policy reason to not allow the Sunday carry-out sale of alcohol. It is frustrating that the General Assembly continues to behold itself to the small, but extremely powerful liquor store industry who is able to thwart the will of millions of Hoosiers who want a change,” the organization said in a statement.
Hoosiers for Beverage Choices says Indiana loses as much as $10 million in tax revenue each year because residents simply drive across state lines to purchase alcohol on Sunday. Each of Indiana’s neighboring state’s allows Sunday sales.
Big store chains like Kroger say they will push for a change in the Sunday sales law again next year, but smaller liquor stores vow to continue to fight it by arguing Sunday sales would put them at a disadvantage.