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New bid planned to end Indiana's Sunday alcohol sales ban

January 7, 2016

A new attempt could be coming to end Indiana's eight decades-old ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales.

Indiana House Public Policy Chairman Tom Dermody of LaPorte says he's working on a bill legalizing Sunday sales that he expects to file next week.

Dermody tells The Indianapolis Star he believes lawmakers learned a lot about the issue with debate over a bill he sponsored last year. He pulled that bill after deciding he didn't have enough support for it to pass.

Grocery stores and pharmacies say the ban costs them millions of dollars annually in sales. Liquor store owners fear lifting the ban would increase their operating costs without generating much additional revenue.

Indiana has the last statewide "blue law" prohibiting Sunday retail sales of beer and other alcohol.

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