Former Indiana State Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, has been tapped to lead a review of the state’s alcohol laws, Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long announced Tuesday.
Gard will lead the Alcohol Code Revision Commission charged with performing a comprehensive two-year review of Indiana’s alcohol laws and submitting recommendations to the General Assembly. The focus this year will be reform recommendations for the retail sector of Indiana’s alcohol statutes.
The commission was formed after lawmakers closed a loophole that allowed some Ricker convenience stores to sell cold beer, which is largely restricted to liquor stores under state law.
Gard retired from the Indiana Senate in 2012 after 24 years of service. During her Senate tenure, she chaired the Senate Committee on Energy and Environmental Affairs and the Senate Committee on Governmental and Regulatory Affairs. Since leaving the Senate, Gard has been appointed by the governor to chair the Indiana Environmental Rules Board and has served as a lay member on multiple legislative study committees. She also serves as a commissioner on the Indiana Lobby Registration Commission.
“Bev Gard is a nationally respected former state legislator who brings a wealth of experience in public service to this important role,” said Long, R-Fort Wayne. “She is fair-minded and has proven herself to be a smart, effective leader during her extensive service in the Indiana Senate and in several important public roles since leaving office. I’m honored to appoint her, and I look forward to the commission’s efforts getting underway.”
Dates, times and locations for the commission’s meetings will be posted here.