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IABR on Sunday Alcohol Sales

Wednesday, September 30, 2015  
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IABR Statement on House Bill 1624 Sunday Alcohol SalesTuesday, Feb. 24, 2015


Big Box retailers today killed their own initiative to advance Sunday alcohol sales – an about face after more than a decade of lobbying via out-of-state money and interests. Instead of training clerks, hiring employees who are 21 (the legal drinking age in Indiana), and confining products to a specific area of the store – simple enough policy changes – they decided to scuttle the entire bill with exaggerated claims.


We know now the real agenda is that Big Box wants absolutely no restrictions placed on the sale of alcohol, which is a regulated and potentially dangerous product. And we believe lawmakers understood that in last week's vote when they defeated Big Box attempts to strip common sense provisions from the bill.


NO state in the nation allows alcohol to be sold without controls in place to effectively balance community welfare and health. No state. And it seems rather than work toward a sound policy, Big Box retailers would rather sell alcohol like milk, peanut butter, and candy. Common sense Hoosiers know alcohol can't be compared to any of the above.


Source: IABR CEO Patrick Tamm

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