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Summer study committee to take a closer look at alcohol laws

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Unworkable, unpredictable and unreasonable is how Speaker of the House Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, described Indiana’s alcohol laws Thursday in a legislative council meeting. The council met to discuss and approve the upcoming summer study committees. The committees meet to take an in-depth look at different topics that were discussed […]

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Holcomb weighs controversial cold beer, abortion, solar bills

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Eric Holcomb got almost everything he wanted from the 2017 legislation session but now he’s faced with the decision on whether to sign the two most controversial bills of the session. Holcomb held a news conference Tuesday to talk about his legislative successes, including doubling the money for […]

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Ricker’s issue could lead to overhaul of state’s alcohol laws

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFIle.com  INDIANAPOLIS – A dispute over who can sell cold beer could push lawmakers to rewrite the state’s alcohol laws. Ricker’s convenience stores began selling cold carry-out beer after obtaining a restaurant license for two of their locations by selling made-to-order Tex-Mex style food. That’s left lawmakers questioning how the Alcohol and […]

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30 laws in 30 days: Artisan distilleries to offer carryout sales on Sundays

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – You may not be able to buy alcohol at the grocery store on Sundays, but beginning this weekend a new law makes it legal for artisan distilleries to offer Sunday carryout sales. “Sundays will be a big thing for us,” said Ted Huber, owner of Huber’s Orchard, Winery and […]

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What didn’t happen in the 2016 legislative session

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Not every bill can make it to the governor’s desk. Here’s a look at some of the bills that didn’t make it through the 2016 General Assembly. Hate Crime Senate Bill 220, authored by Sen. Susan Glick, R-LaGrange, would have allowed a judge to increase the length of a […]

Commentary: When Indiana went dry

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Commentary: When Indiana went dry

By Russ Pulliam Special to TheStatehouseFile.com Almost 100 years ago Indiana went on the wagon. We quit drinking. Prohibition came to the state ahead of the national movement. Now, celebrating 200 years, the state is still debating the legacy of Prohibition. Should liquor stores be open on Sundays? Should bars have happy hours with discounts […]

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New attempt to allow Sunday alcohol sales

By Jay Siskin TheStatehouseFile.com A House bill would give Hoosiers the opportunity to buy alcohol on Sundays. “Sunday is one of the busiest shopping days for Hoosier families,” said Rep. Tom Dermody, R-LaPorte. “We’re one of the last states to end the ban of alcohol on Sundays.” Eleven other states limit Sunday sales to beer […]

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SOTs: Sunday alcohol sales (HB 1399 & HB 1274)

SOUND: Matt Bell Big Red Liquors/Spokesperson [0:10] “Alcohol is a drug and when it’s misused or used irresponsibly the impacts are devastating on families on communities and on businesses.” [0:22] “We know Hoosiers are drinking more. We know the costs continue to soar on our state. We regulate this drug for a reason. Making it […]

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Proposed changes could expand the Lifeline Law to drug users

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS – Legislators are considering expanding the protections of the Lifeline Law to drug users. The law already gives immunity to callers under 21 years old who are looking for help to assist someone who has had too much to drink, but Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, hopes to add drug-related […]

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Court upholds Indiana law limiting chilled beer sales

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Chilled beer won’t be sold at Hoosier grocery stores, convenience stores or big-box stores anytime soon. “Unfortunately, Hoosiers are left with no choice but to patronize liquor stores to purchase their cold beer,” Scot Imus, executive director of Indiana Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, said in a statement. “We […]

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