INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — People will be able to legally buy carryout alcohol from Indiana stores on a Sunday for the first time in living memory starting this weekend.
That's because Gov. Eric Holcomb is set to sign a bill repealing Indiana's ban on those sales. The governor will join legislative leaders for a bill signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the Statehouse.
The bill takes effect immediately, which means Sunday alcohol sales will be allowed beginning this weekend at liquor stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and big-box retailers.
After repeated failed attempts to rewrite the Sunday sales law, the rival trade groups representing liquor stores and groceries reached a deal backing the change.
Indiana's Sunday ban stretches back to the 1850s and stayed in place after national alcohol prohibition was overturned in 1933.
Check back at nwi.com for updates. See some of the laws in Indiana enacted in 2017 here:
Indiana's 10-cent fuel tax was passed by the Republican-dominated Legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb as part of a package of tax and fee increases that pumped money into the state's crumbling roads and bridges.
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Roundabouts — Motorists in a roundabout must yield the right-of-way to semi-trailer trucks, buses and other vehicles longer than 40 feet that also are in the roundabout, to reduce the risk of collision. (HEA 1039)
John Luke, The Times
Opioids — First-time prescriptions for opioid drugs are limited to a seven-day supply. Customers concerned about potential addiction can request their pharmacist provide fewer than seven days worth of pills. (Senate Enrolled Act 226)
Kyle Telechan, file, The Times
ATV helmets — Children younger than age 18 are required to wear a helmet while operating or riding on an all-terrain vehicle. An adult who allows a child on an ATV without a helmet can be fined up to $500. (HEA 1200)
Jonathan Miano, The Times
Drones — Using a drone to interfere with law enforcement, harass someone or peep inside a residence is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. (SEA 299)
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Dogs left in cars
Hot dog — A person who uses reasonable force to rescue an endangered pet from a locked vehicle, such as on a hot day, is immune from criminal penalties if he or she contacts police first and remains at the scene until officers arrive. The pet rescuer remains liable for half the cost of any damage to the vehicle. (HEA 1085)
Pet-care experts universally recommend owners use a restraint system whenever driving with a pet aboard, even if it’s just close to home.
Braiding — Natural hair braiding specifically is excluded from the state's definition of cosmetology and can be performed without first obtaining training, experience or a license. (HEA 1243)
Diplomas — Schools are required to provide a diploma, on request, to the parents of any 12th grade student on track to graduate high school who dies before the academic year ends. (HEA 1384)
Cain Buchmeier, Times Correspondent
Transparency — Votes taken by the governing bodies of Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties, as well as cities with at least 35,000 residents, must be posted on the locality's website within three days of either the vote itself or after the meeting minutes are approved. (HEA 1622)
John Luke, The Times
Immigration — Public and private colleges and universities are prohibited from designating themselves a "sanctuary campus" and must comply with federal immigration officials to the extent required by law. Individuals without legal permission to be in the United States are barred from owning or possessing a gun in Indiana. (SEA 423, SEA 344)
Superintendents — New contracts for school superintendents must be between 1 to 3 years in duration, and any early buyout cannot exceed the superintendent's annual salary or $250,000, whichever is less. (SEA 182)
John J. Watkins, The Times
Fake urine — Retailers are prohibited from selling synthetic or adulterated urine to individuals seeking to fraudulently pass a drug test. A first offense is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. (HEA 1104)
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School prayer — Existing protections for prayer and student religious expression in public schools, established over the years by federal court decisions, now also are codified in Indiana law. (HEA 1024)
Pyramid scheme — The maximum penalty for establishing, operating or participating in a pyramid promotional scheme is $10,000, up from $500. (SEA 283)
Doug Ross, The Times
Prisons — The person in charge of each state prison once again is termed a "warden," rather than a "superintendent." (SEA 387)
A bipartisan legislative study committee this summer will analyze whether the vehicle emissions testing requirement in Lake and Porter counties can be eliminated without negatively affecting the state's air quality. Motorists in Indiana's 90 other counties are not subject to the biennial testing mandate. (House Enrolled Act 1491)
Protection orders issued by a judge now can include an explicit prohibition against harming a family pet, taking custody of a pet away from the abuser (with police assistance, if required), and the termination of shared wireless telephone contracts or plans. (Senate Enrolled Act 323)
The criminal penalties for robbing a pharmacy have been increased one level to discourage drug addicts from stealing pills or other controlled substances. Robbery in general is a Level 5 felony punishable by up to six years in prison. Robbing a pharmacy is a Level 4 felony with a possible sentence of 12 years. (HEA 1540)
Online sales tax
Businesses without a physical location in Indiana nevertheless must collect and remit the state's 7 percent sales tax on purchases made by Hoosiers if the company annually sells more than $100,000 in product to Indiana residents or has more than 200 transactions with Hoosiers. (HEA 1129)
Employees at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles are required to offer a voter registration form during every in-person license branch transaction. Previously, BMV voter registration services only were available when applying for a new or renewed driver's license, permit or state identification card. (HEA 1178)
Pharmacists can administer any vaccine recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for individuals ages 11 and older, now including measles, mumps, rubella, chicken pox, meningitis and Hepatitis A and B. All college students attending residential universities must be immunized against meningitis starting in the 2018-19 school year. (SEA 51, HEA 1069)
The Department of Education before Nov. 1 must survey teachers, administrators and board members at public, charter and private schools as to whether the state should mandate cursive writing instruction in all elementary schools. (SEA 29)
The jurisdiction of police officers employed by a hospital now includes any facility or office that is part of the hospital's affiliated health system. Hospital police have full law enforcement authority on land owned, leased or occupied by their hospital or health system. (SEA 112)
A person who causes more than $500 in damages by disrupting or destroying a computer network can be sentenced to six years in state prison, instead of the prior maximum of three years in a county jail. Computer intrusions that endanger a human life or cause more than $50,000 in damages can result in a 12-year prison term. (HEA 1444)
The clock is ticking on the BMV to establish a statewide voluntary emergency contact database that police on the scene of fatal or near-fatal vehicle accidents will be required to use, so friends or relatives of crash victims are promptly notified about the incident. The database must be operational by July 1, 2019. (HEA 1084)
Foster children turning 18 years old are eligible for health coverage through Indiana's Medicaid program until age 26 without regard for any income or other qualifications. Foster children in the care of the Department of Child Services can obtain a driver's permit, license or state identification card at age 16 without paying a fee. (SEA 497, SEA 366)
The new Indiana Bicycle Trails Task Force will meet quarterly over the next three years to develop plans for connecting existing local bike trails located across the state, identifying at least six ways to pay for trail connections and recommending changes in state law to improve bicycle safety on trails and roads. (HEA 1174)
The Indiana Historical Bureau must hire a qualified historian to conduct and preserve interviews with current and former members of the General Assembly to create an oral history of the legislature's recent years and the issues it has tackled. (HEA 1100)
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