Lawmakers not sold on proposed legislation

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A state lawmaker has proposed revising a decades-old ban to allow the carryout sale of alcohol on Sundays starting this summer.

State Rep. Sean Eberhart, who proposed the change, said the law against Sunday sales is old-fashioned and Hoosiers want the convenience of being able to buy alcohol seven days a week.

Currently, Indiana allows residents to buy alcohol at restaurants and bars on Sundays, and Eberhart said the state needs to extend the law to allow all alcohol sales on Sundays. Indiana is the only state that forbids carryout alcohol sales on Sundays.

Local lawmakers agree the change would be convenient for Indiana shoppers, but state Reps. Woody Burton and David Frizzell said they think allowing alcohol sales on Sundays would give stores, such as Walmart and Kroger, an advantage over liquor stores. Both said they want the bill to include more restrictions

for stores, such as putting alcohol behind the counter, before they would support it.

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