Legislators won’t vote till next week on a proposal to allow alcohol sales on Sunday.
The House Public Policy Committee heard three hours of testimony from liquor store owners arguing big-box supermarkets would put them out of business if they can sell on Sundays, and from supermarkets and their allies arguing both they and the state are losing millions of dollars in revenue for no good purpose.
Indiana Retail Council President Grant Monahan says Indiana is losing millions of dollars in sales to stores across the state line because of the sunday alcohol ban.
Meanwhile liquor stores joined forces with groups who oppose loosening access to alcohol. The stores argue the reason they exist in the first place is to create an age-restricted environment where underage drinking laws are easier to enforce.
Committee Chairman Bill Davis left open whether he’d call for a vote when the committee reconvenes next Wednesday. That meeting is the committee’s last scheduled hearing before the deadline to send bills to the full House.