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Gov. Holcomb legalizes Sunday retail alcohol sales; Hoosiers can buy beginning this Sunday

Gov. Eric Holcomb, seated center, signs into law Senate Enrolled Act 1 legalizing Sunday retail alcohol sales in Indiana. He was joined Wednesday in his Statehouse office by the law's sponsors, seated left, state Sen. Ron Alting, R-Lafayette; and, seated right, state Rep. Ben Smaltz, R-Auburn. Standing, from left to right, are Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne; Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch; and House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis.

Dan Carden, The Times

Gov. Eric Holcomb's pen became a figurative corkscrew Wednesday, unleashing what once seemed an immovable stopper impeding Hoosier Sunday alcohol sales.

Our Region could hear the collective corks popping all the way from Indianapolis as Sunday sales became the law of the land for the first time in Indiana's 201-year-history.

It's about time.

Indiana consumers win with the convenience of being able to buy a six-pack, or any other packaged alcohol, from retail establishments on the same day as a Sunday football game.

A restriction in the bill will limit Sunday sales to between noon and 8 p.m., but it's a move worthy of clinking glasses.

Businesses and tax revenue win even bigger with this new law, which takes effect this coming Sunday.

An archaic law born of puritan heritage was impeding state commerce every seventh day, literally driving retail alcohol business across state lines.

Indiana no longer will hold the distinction of the only state prohibiting all retail alcohol sales on Sundays.

Overwhelming public support prompted the measure to become reality. State commission members, lawmakers and the governor deserve credit for listening, passing the measure in both chambers of the Legislature and delivering it for the governor's signature into law.

In the future, expanding Sunday sales times to all-day and legalizing cold beer sales at retail businesses other than liquor stores are additional measures that would make Indiana more competitive in this business sector.

But until then, our state can toast a victory for consumers and commerce between noon and 8 p.m. Sunday.


Members of The Times Editorial Board are Publisher Christopher T. White, Local News Editor Marc Chase, Lake County Editor Crista Zivanovic, Porter/LaPorte County Editor Doug Ross and Deputy Local Editor Erin Orr.