INDIANAPOLIS—Legislation to approve Sunday alcohol sales is moving swiftly through the Indiana General Assembly as one version of the bill passed out of a House committee Wednesday.
Senate Bill 1, heard by the House Public Policy Committee, would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. But the legislation, if passed, would allow Sunday sales as soon as it is signed into law, months ahead of the traditional July 1 date for new laws to take effect.
Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette, authored SB1 and said he supports the change.
“Changing the effective date of this bill from July 1 to upon passage will provide Hoosiers with this convenience immediately. Why wait until July 1st?” Alting said in statement.
Similar Sunday sales legislation, House Bill 1051, is pending before the Senate Public Policy Committee.
Meanwhile, lawmakers in both chambers of the Indiana General Assembly are moving swiftly to advance legislation approved in the first half.
The House Roads and Transportation Committee on Wednesday approved Senate Bill 100, also known as Savannah’s Law, which would allow fire departments to perform carbon monoxide emission tests on vehicles free of charge. It passed the Senate in a unanimous vote in January.
The law is named for a young woman, Savannah Bettis, who died in 2015 of carbon monoxide poisoning when the lethal gas leaked into an older car she and her boyfriend were traveling in. She was a week away from graduating from Ben Davis.
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