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Committee Chair Files Sunday Sales Bill

Beer in a case.

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House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the decision to have Smaltz carry that measure has been the plan for a while.

Legalized Sunday alcohol sales took an incremental step forward in the legislative process this week. Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) filed legislation on the issue for the 2018 session – as he previously said he would.

Smaltz is chair of the House Public Policy Committee, which hears alcohol bills. He also served on the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, created this year to examine the state’s liquor laws. His legislation would deliver on the commission’s chief recommendation: to legalize Sunday alcohol sales from noon to 8 p.m.

House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) says the decision to have Smaltz carry that measure has been the plan for a while.

“The hope is that our public policy chairmen in the House and Senate can move a bill with the one item that appears to be very well-accepted by all – repealing the no Sunday sale rule,” he says.

Bosma says other recommendations from the alcohol commission – including some tax and fee increases – will be included in separate pieces of legislation.

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  • John A. Anderson

    What a coincidence that the day alcohol sales are banned is also the Christian Sabbath. The courts should have thrown this law out decades ago for violating the First Amendment, since it clearly favors one religion over others. And we aren’t really ending the ban — there will be restricted hours on Sunday sales. Does the Legislature think we’re all going to go the church if we can’t buy a six-pack? As a non-drinker, I have no dog in this fight, but I do care about the Constitution, apparently an unusual position in Indiana. No other state has a similar law.

  • ohhhh

    This is comical, you point fingers at religion when in reality it’s the liquor store lobby that is pushing to prevent Sunday Sales for obvious reasons.

    There are 11 other states that still don’t allow Sunday sales.

    That was a big Oh-fer on your part, try again when you have some facts to back up your claims.

  • John A. Anderson

    You’re right. Actually 12 states have some restrictions on Sunday sales. How does that refute my point that Sunday is the Christian Sabbath? And I agree that the liquor store lobby wants this. What’s your point? Do you think Sunday was chosen at random? Why not Thursday? Is “comical” the biggest word you know?

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    “This is comical, you point fingers at religion when in reality it’s the liquor store lobby that is pushing to prevent Sunday Sales for obvious reasons.
    There are 11 other states that still don’t allow Sunday sales.

    That was a big Oh-fer on your part, try again when you have some facts to back up your claims.”

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    This is comical, you point fingers at religion when in reality it’s the liquor store lobby that is pushing to prevent Sunday Sales for obvious reasons.There are 11 other states that still don’t allow Sunday sales.That was a big Oh-fer on your part, try again when you have some facts to back up your claims.

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  • ohhhh

    are you serious? it’s the liquor store lobby stopping it, not the churches so the fact that Sunday is the Sabbath has nothing to do with it today. If that’s the best you have maybe you should start criticizing grammar too.

    Great job exposing your email in your response too, is it your first time on the internet?

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