New Alcohol Laws Could be Overturned Soon

A bill being considered by the Indiana House could overturn an ID requirement for buying alcohol which is just a year old.

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One Indiana legislator is pledging to re-work the state's alcohol ID laws.

A bill being considered by the Indiana House could overturn an ID requirement for buying alcohol which is just a year old. The House Public Policy Committee has backed a bill that would remove the requirement for those over 40 to show identification when purchasing alcohol.

But Mothers Against Drunk Driving spokesman J.T. Griffin says if the bill prevents sales to minors, then it should remain in place.

“If it means that a few more minors are going to be stopped from purchasing alcohol,” he says, “or people under the age of 21 are going to be stopped, then to me, it seems like it would be better off to just leave in place the system that is already there.”

Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association Executive Director Scot Imus says the law doesn’t necessarily need to be overturned, but might include a provision which could take some people at their word.

“What we would actually prefer is that clerks still be required to ask for the identification of all purchasers,” he says, “but then allow that purchaser, who is clearly of age, to decline showing their ID and go ahead and let the sale continue.”

Imus says he believes his association’s compromise would keep all of the effective parts of the law, as well as addressing those who are clearly of age and do not want to show identification.

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