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Indiana bill could end alcohol sales ban

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JEFFERSONVILLE, In. (WDRB) – For as long as people living in Indiana can remember, alcohol sales have been banned on Sundays.

It's been that way for more than 80 years.

“No beer, no heavy liquor, nothing,” Jeff McKnight with Al's Liquors in Jeffersonville told WDRB News.

Now a new bill could change that and liquors stores are hopeful. With the shelves stocked, being open both days of the weekend would be beneficial for Al's Liquors.

“It wouldn't hurt sales, that's for sure,” said McKnight.

The bill's author, Representative Sean Eberhart of Shelbyville says, "As a small business owner and someone who believes in free market principles, I don't agree with the idea of government dictating when I can and cannot sell my product."

Liquor store employees say it sends customers across the Ohio River into Kentucky.

“They're not going to be able to get served on Sunday without going over to Louisville and then all the money goes over there, so that ain't helping Indiana a whole lot,” said McKnight.

Before the bill that could end the alcohol sales ban can be considered by the Indiana House, it needs to pass through committee and be approved by House Public Policy chairman, Tom Dermody.

In a statement from Representative Dermody he says, "For the time being, I am still taking a close look at the issue and likely will not decide for a couple of weeks whether or not I plan to hear it in committee."

As for McKnight he says turning on the open sign on Sundays, would be good for business and Indiana as a whole.

“It'd bring in some more extra money," said McKnight.

Representative Eberhart says he is optimistic with this bill, which has not been the case in previous bills looking to end the sales ban.

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