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The Indiana House of Representatives plans to hold its first-ever committee hearing this week on whether to lift the state’s ban on Sunday alcohol sales.
Study committees have already reviewed the so-called blue law, but when House Public Policy Chairman, Bill Davis gavels in his committee, it will be the first time the House has considered a bill on the subject.
House Speaker Brian Bosma says he cannot predict the outcome but supports Davis’ decision to review the law in a public debate rather than a private one.
“I have no idea how the bill will fare, but I think it‘s appropriate to have a discussion of it,” he says. “We’ve heard from a lot of folks on both sides of the issue, and Representative Davis wants to give them an opportunity to have a public discussion of it, not just one that takes place behind closed doors elsewhere.”
Davis says he has not decided whether he will allow a vote on the bill, nor which way he‘ll vote himself if he does. But following pressure from lobbyists on both sides of whether or not alcohol sales should take place on Sunday Davis is certain that this is the right time to review the law.