House sets hearing on alcohol ban
February 4, 2013 9:59AM
Updated: February 4, 2013 8:56PM
Indiana lawmakers are ready to hear what the public has to say on proposals to end the state’s long-running ban on Sunday retail alcohol sales.
The Indiana House’s public policy committee has scheduled a public hearing for 8 a.m. CST Wednesday at the Statehouse on bills that call for a lifting of the state’s ban. Indiana is currently the last state in the nation to bar retail alcohol sales on Sundays.
WRTV-TV reports that supporters of the bills argue that Indiana’s Sunday ban on retail alcohol sales is one of the toughest in the nation and costs the state $9 million in lost tax revenue.
But many package liquor stores argue that the cost of opening on Sundays would make it impossible for them to compete with big supermarket chains.