Committee To Review State’s Alcohol Laws

Indianapolis (WEHT/WTVW) – In Indiana, lawmakers are getting ready to tackle the controversial issues of cold beer and Sunday alcohol sales.

Soon, a committee will review the state’s liquor laws.

Lawmakers won’t make any decisions during the committee. Instead, they’ll gain information and take testimony to help them write bills when they return in January.

Former lawmakers, industry insiders, and current legislators are on the committee.

One of those current lawmakers, State Sen. Karen Tallian (D-Portage) said, “I don’t want to say that we should repeal and replace because those words should never come out of my mouth, right? But there are a lot of things that need to be fixed in that title.”

While she’s open to change, she’s worried about others.

Public policy committees looked at the issues this past session. Six of the eight lawmakers on the Alcohol Review Committee come from Public Policy, including State Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette).

State Sen. Alting said, “The pro is that you bring a tremendous amount of knowledge, even though some might be a difference of opinion – that’s a good thing. That’s what a study is about.”

One thing he thinks will get changed are Sunday sales, but some Hoosiers aren’t sure the decades-old laws will dissolve.

Indianapolis resident Marlena Banks said, “If I absolutely need to get a bottle of wine, I’ll get it when I can get it.”

Indianapolis resident Leland Darden said, “I live around the corner from a liquor store so they all come cold.”

Not all members of the committee have been named. Until they are, we won’t know when the group will meet.

State Sen. Alting believes they’ll tackle Sunday sales this upcoming session, but the committee will meet again next year to review other laws.

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