Legislator Wants to Change State Alcohol Laws

A state lawmaker is pledging to re-work the state's alcohol laws this legislative session.

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

Under current law, anyone who sells alcohol in Indiana is required to card their customers.  That means no exceptions – even if the buyer is far beyond the legal age.  The law has received a lot of criticism since it took effect July 1st.  Now, one state lawmaker is pledging to re-work it this session. 

State Senator Jim Merritt from Indianapolis plans to propose an amendment so clerks only have to check the ID’s of customers who appear to be under the age of 40.  As the law currently reads, if a clerk fails to check an ID, he or she can be charged with a class B misdemeanor.  That’s punishable by up to six months in jail and fines up to $1000. 

Since the law went into effect, the alcohol and tobacco commission has handed out 10 violations and two warnings.

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  • Betti Craig

    it’s time to change the draconian levels of punishment for public intoxication in indiana. it should be treated as a ticket type of violation, not a misdemeanor that ties you up in the clutches of the court system and the ridiculously high fines or jail time, even for the first offense.

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