For the first time in many years, legislation is quickly moving through the Indiana General Assembly that would allow for the retail sale of alcohol on Sundays in the state. Currently, there are only a few places where alcohol can be purchased for carry out in the state on Sunday, such as breweries, wineries, and distilleries that sell their own products and in certain restaurants and taverns with a specific liquor license. Outside of those establishments, the retail sale of alcohol on a Sunday has been off limits since the prohibition era ended in 1933.
Senate Bill (SB) 1 and House Bill (HB) 1051, have moved through their assigned committees and passed out of their respective chambers with overwhelming majorities. Both measures will allow any establishment that currently sells alcohol to sell on a Sunday, between the hours of 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. An amendment to remove the limited selling hours outlined in SB 1 was introduced by Senator Karen Tallian, to allow retail sales on Sunday to be the same as the other six days of the week. That amendment, and a similar amendment introduced in the House, both failed.
The Senate will consider HB 1051 beginning in early February and will have until the 2018 session adjourns to send the bill to the governor.