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Support for cold beer sales falls short

By Makenna Mays TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Alcohol Code Revision Commission voted 8-7 in favor of cold beer sales on Friday, but that wasn’t good enough. The committee, which has been reviewing the state’s alcohol laws since late summer, needed a majority of the 17 members or nine votes. Because two members were absent the […]

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Sunday alcohol sales gains support

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS —The Alcohol Code Revision Commission agreed Tuesday that Indiana lawmakers should allow alcohol sales on Sunday, but will wait until next month to work out the details in proposed legislation. “Sixty-eight percent of people in Indiana want cold beer to be sold in convenient stores and grocery stores,” Sen. Phil […]

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Small business owners say alcohol law reforms needed

By Abrahm Hurt TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Many small business owners who sell alcohol say they struggle to interpret and operate under Indiana’s current alcohol laws. Doug Pendleton, who owns the Grapevine Cottage in Fishers and Zionsville, operates a gourmet food and wine shop. He said that he faces opposition from package liquor store owners who […]

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Poll finds majority of Hoosiers support looser alcohol laws

By Christina Ramey TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The fight over Indiana’s alcohol laws continued Monday when the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association revealed results of a poll indicating most Hoosiers favor looser alcohol laws. Between May 8-11 pollster Fabrizio, Lee & Associates surveyed 600 Hoosiers. The survey asked people their opinions on various alcohol related topics such as […]

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Ricker: ‘Targeted’ by legislative compromise on cold-beer sales

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – Lawmakers have come to a conclusion on the proposed “cold-beer sales” bill, but not everyone is relieved to see the finish line. “It looks very targeted to us when you look at all the exceptions,” said Jay Ricker, owner of Ricker’s convenience stores. House Bill 1496, authored by Ben […]

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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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Ricker’s cold beer sales sends lawmakers scurrying

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Some Hoosiers may be happy to see a convenience store selling cold beer, but lawmakers are scrambling to fix that just days before the committee deadline. Under Indiana state law, convenience stores can sell warm beer but selling the beverage cold has long been left to the liquor stores. […]