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Former Sen. Gard to chair alcohol revision commission

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Former Sen. Beverly Gard will chair the Alcohol Code Revision Commission, which has been tasked with updating the state’s alcohol laws, many of which have not been changed since the end of Prohibition.  “Bev Gard is a nationally respected former state legislator who brings a wealth of experience in public […]

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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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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: ‘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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Cold-beer bills see varied results in House and Senate

By Dustin Beach TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The two versions of legislation regarding cold-beer sales saw mixed results in the House and Senate Thursday. Both the Senate and the House were scheduled to heard bills originally intended to allow a minor on the grounds of a winery if a parent or guardian is present. Those bills […]

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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. […]