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Indiana Chamber Calls for Change in Liquor Laws

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is unveiling a legislative agenda that includes lifting major restrictions on how alcohol is sold and distributed in the state.

Under the plan unveiled today, the Chamber is not only pushing for Sunday retail alcohol sales and cold beer at convenience and grocery stores but also allowing beer, wine and spirits to be sold as long as a party has a valid permit.

Currently, retailers are restricted by what they can sell, based on the permit.  Chamber President Kevin Branigear tells Indy Politics this would allow for a more free-market approach to the state’s alcohol market.

The Chamber also supports tougher restrictions and penalties to keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

In addition to rewriting the state’s alcohol laws, the agenda also includes improving workforce development and opposing legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes since it is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

I spoke with Branigear on Friday.  You can hear his comments here.

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