The state of Indiana currently has some of the more strict laws in the United States regarding the sale of alcohol. It is currently not legal to sell alcohol on Sundays, and grocery stores and convenience type stores are not allowed to sell cold beer. Only liquor stores can sell cold beer.
There’s been a lot of activity on the liquor law front in the Indiana Legislature this term. Earlier in the session, the Legislature took up a bill that would have allowed grocery stores and convenience stores to sell cold beer. That bill was not passed.
Now, the Legislature is taking up a bill that would allow the sale of alcoholic beverages in stores from noon until 8pm on Sundays. The bill is out of committee, and it is expected to pass in both the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
Another interesting twist is that those in favor of alcohol sales on Sunday want the law to be implemented quickly. In Indiana, new laws are not supposed to take effect until July 1. However, a bill is expected to pass that would allow the new Sunday alcohol sales bill to come into effect sooner. Sunday sales might be allowed as soon as mid to late March. Lawmakers want to make the move in order to allow for the purchase of beer on Sunday for the upcoming sports seasons and for events such as the Indianapolis 500.