Key Lawmaker Sponsors Bill to Allow Sunday Alcohol Sales

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – A bill that would end Indiana's long-running ban on Sunday carryout alcohol sales is being sponsored by the Indiana House committee chairman who will help decide its fate.

House Public Policy Committee Chairman Tom Dermody of LaPorte has authored the bill that would allow groceries, pharmacies and liquor stores to sell alcohol on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

With Dermody leading the committee that sets alcohol policy, the bill should have a better chance at advancing to the Legislature after numerous failed attempts in recent years. Supporters of the bill say the ban costs stores millions of dollars annually in sales.

Liquor store owners fear that lifting the ban would increase their operating costs without generating any additional revenue.