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Serious Backlog at the Indiana ATC

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  
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The March 3 hearing of the Marion County Alcoholic Beverage Board revealed what the Indiana ATC is up against: a backlog of 300 to 400 cases. After board members began questioning delays in violation hearings and permit renewals, State Excise Officer Sandy Ray admitted that "you're given a chance to send a check in" for a violation. "If they don't send the money in, it will go to a hearing." He said a full-time prosecutor has been hired to dig in. The case being discussed was a SAC violation at The Anthaneum in Indianapolis, its first violation in 10 years, along with a messy and complicated case of ownership for a location in arrears on back taxes and rent on East Washington Street. Ray made a distinction between the two - he said one violation after a long dry spell was OK, but multiple violations in short order was not. At the same hearing, a Marsh grocery received a permit renewal after an illegal sale to a minor because it had terminated the employee who made the sale. You can watch the Marion County board hearings online.

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