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Bill Loosens Restrictions on Buying Alcohol in Indiana

Under current law, anyone buying alcohol must be asked to show identification.

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

Hoosiers older than 40 may no longer have to be carded when buying alcohol.

Under current law, anyone buying alcohol must be asked to show identification. A bill the House passed Thursday loosens those restrictions…and requires alcohol sellers to card those who only “reasonably appear” to be under 40. Bloomington Representative Matt Pierce said he supports the bill because the current law is too much of a burden.

“But I heard from every 85-year-old wine drinker in my district saying, ‘Why are you doing this to me?’”

But Indianapolis Representative Ed DeLaney said the bill puts alcohol sellers at risk.

“They could be arrested because someone who is actually 35 looks like 45 or vice versa. This is unenforceable and makes no sense,” said DeLaney.

The bill does not apply to bars and restaurants, only to carryout vendors like liquor and convenience stores. The legislation now moves to a conference committee, composed of two House and two Senate members, for final revision.

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