Sunday alcohol laws

Indiana is the only state in the nation that prohibits all retail alcohol sales on Sundays.

The hour finally appears to be at hand when Hoosier government leaders will be able to come to their commercial senses regarding Sunday alcohol sales.

The Indiana Alcohol Code Revision Commission is slated for a possible final vote Friday to send recommendations to the Legislature for making Sunday retail alcohol sales legal.

The commission should forward this recommendation without haste and add to it a nod for cold beer sales at retail establishments other than liquor stores.

And of course, the Indiana General Assembly should heed these calls during the upcoming 2018 legislative session.

We've argued repeatedly that Indiana law is outmoded and impeding commerce in the matters of Sunday package alcohol and cold beer retail sales.

Indiana is the only state that prohibits all retail alcohol sales on Sundays. The Hoosier state is sorely behind the times of competitive commerce and customer convenience on this matter.

Overwhelming public support prompted the commission earlier this month to endorse preliminary legislation for permitting retailers to sell alcohol between noon and 8 p.m. Sundays.

For years, the Hoosier state has been subject to an antiquated law, prohibiting Sunday sales of package liquor.

The commission's support for Sunday alcohol sales now is slated to be put into a final report to the General Assembly. That report is due for a Dec. 8 commission vote.

However, the commission could cast that vote as early as its meeting slated for this Friday.

There's no need to waste further time reviewing or debating this common-sense recommendation. Approve it now.

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